With specialty drugs expected to reach as much as half of total drug expenditures within the next few years, pharmacy benefit manager CVS Caremark has launched a new program designed to make the process of filling specialty medication prescriptions easier for plan members.

Specialty medications treat complex conditions such as hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, cancer and arthritis and often require special handling, storage and administration. The Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute estimates specialty medications, which currently make up about 30% of total drug expenses, will increase to 50% or more of total drug expenditures by 2017 or 2018.

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