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Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Part two

We’ve added more on the latest developments in R&D, new drugs, plus cutting-edge cost management techniques from OptumRx.
October, 2014 Issue 17

Managing the Cost of MS

Learn how we leverage multiple strategies that lower total health care costs while helping members with MS make the best use of their benefits.

MS Research: The Search for a Cure

An exciting look at breakthrough research that may lead to the first true cure for MS.

Spending and Cost Drivers

Get the details on these key questions: How much do we spend now on MS? What forces are driving future cost growth?

MS Backgrounder

Get a high-level overview of the issues that surround MS.

Letter from the
Chief Pharmacy

October, 2014 Issue 17

In this issue

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Part two
  • Managing the Cost of MS
  • MS Research: The Search for a Cure
  • Spending and Cost Drivers
  • MS Backgrounder

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Letter from the Chief
Pharmacy Officer

Hello and welcome to this special edition of Pharmacy InFocus.

With this issue we are continuing our series of special reports on the top specialty spending categories. The first issue in the sequence focused on oncology. In this issue we turn our attention to Multiple Sclerosis (MS), another of the top spending categories for our customers.

We are presenting this content in two formats:

MS Drug Class Insight Report

The Insight Report contains the important data you need about MS – background, spending, cost drivers, new drugs and most importantly, management strategies. And it is all presented in a scan-friendly, graphics-rich format for quick access to the information you need.

Traditional articles

The forces driving MS spending are complex and diverse. For those of you who need to understand this topic in-depth, we offer our full-length Pharmacy InFocus articles, where each aspect of the Insight Report is treated at length, with additional detail and analysis to help promote increased understanding.

Thank you for choosing to spend some time with Pharmacy InFocus today. I’m confident that you will find it to be timely, relevant and informative.

As always, we want to know what you think! Look for the Send us your feedback button on the lower right-hand side of the main page and tell us what works – or doesn’t work for you.


Susan V. Maddux, Pharm.D., BCPS
Chief Pharmacy Officer