Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company

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Why Blue Shield of California Is Shaking Up its Prescription Drug Model

Blue Shield of California is cutting many of its ties with CVS Caremark (though not all) and adding four additional partners for its prescription drug benefits. These partners include Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company and Amazon Pharmacy. The changes are needed to disrupt the current broken system, said Salina Wong, senior director of clinical pharmacy programs at Blue Shield of California.

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A Deep-dive Into Specialty Pharma

A specialty drug is a class of prescription medications used to treat complex, chronic or rare medical conditions. Although this classification was originally intended to define the treatment of rare, also termed “orphan” diseases, affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the US, more recently, specialty drugs have emerged as the cornerstone of treatment for chronic and complex diseases such as cancer, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS.

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Zócalo Health Teams Up with Mark Cuban’s Pharmacy to Increase Medication Access for Latino Patients

Zócalo Health, a virtual primary care provider designed for Latino patients, recently forged a collaboration with Mark Cuban's Cost Plus Drugs. Now all Zócalo patients have access to Cost Plus Drugs’ prescriptions, and the provider's community health workers have been trained to help walk patients through the process of obtaining medications through the pharmacy.

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Improving the patient financial experience requires an end to ‘mafia’-style price negotiations

The patient financial experience in the U.S. is poor — patients have a hard time understanding pricing data and they often face exorbitant prices for care and medications. This problem will only get better if the healthcare industry rids itself of price-gouging middlemen and closed-door price negotiations held by businesspeople, according to a recent healthcare innovation panel.