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Location, Location, Location: Spending Differences for Physician-Administered Outpatient Medications by Site of Treatment


An increasing number of medications are being developed as either injectables or intravenous drugs. Physicians often administer these medications; thus, they are largely paid for via the medical benefit. A subset of these physician-administered outpatient drugs (PAODs), known as specialty medications, provide a highly sophisticated treatment, generally when there are few or no other treatment options available. Some of the benefits of specialty medications include the reduction in the number of relapses; prevention of disability progression; symptom management; maintenance and/or improvement of quality of life; and, sometimes, disease remission or cures. These specialty medications have piqued the attention of employers, more so than PAODs overall, because of their relatively high costs.  READ MORE

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