Doctor and business man holding up medication concepts Among plan sponsors, 37% said reducing inappropriate utilization of specialty drugs was a top goal, followed by reducing patient out-of-pocket costs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new report from Pharmaceutical Strategies Group finds that specialty drugs continue to be a top focus for plan sponsors, in part because they tend to be very expensive.

The drugs tend to also be highly complex and require special handling or administration, the report noted. At the same time, the drugs can have great value: extending life for some patients and keeping them productive and relatively healthy, even when conditions are not cured outright.

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