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Integrating disability and absence data with medical and pharmacy claims can be a challenge but is essential to view the entire cost and impact.

Specialty medications for costly diseases such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis account for close to 50% of the total drug spend in America. While medications for these rare diseases can have a significant impact on health outcomes and improved quality of life, they often come at a steep price for employers.

The high price tag these drugs often carry can be a significant burden not only for the employer but also the patient. With growing concerns about the rising costs, employers need to have strategies in place to manage.

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