Express Scripts Adds Gilead’s Harvoni To 2017 Formularies
The pharmacy benefit manager says it has been able to negotiate a discount with Gilead enabling it to give both Harvoni and AbbVie’s Viekira Pak preferred formulary placement. Express Scripts also is expanding its indication-based oncology management initiative.
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