Five trends shaping health system pharmacies next year

A new report from the McKesson RxO team lists five predictions for health system pharmacies in the coming year. First, spending on specialty drugs will increase. Specialty drugs currently represent about 45% of the pharmaceutical market spend in the United States.

A new report from the McKesson RxO team lists five predictions for health system pharmacies in the coming year. First, spending on specialty drugs will increase. Specialty drugs currently represent about 45% of the pharmaceutical market spend in the United States. Hospitals have seen a 16% increase in the market, and there are no signs of it slowing in 2019, according to McKesson. The report also predicts that pharmacy services will continue being integrated into retail locations or stand-alone medical clinics. Additionally, pharmacists will be urged to continue monitoring drug spending and utilization next year. Other predictions include pharmacies increasing their focus on compliance as Congress considers changes to the 340B Drug Pricing Program as well as policies that describe how prescription drug prices are set to increase transparency.