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Health Systems Get Into Specialty Pharmacies In Effort To Lower Costs Of Priciest Drugs
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Medications for autoimmune disease, cancer and hepatitis are some of the biggest drivers of high pharmaceutical costs in the U.S. They’re called specialty drugs, and there’s some debate around the best way to get them to patients.

Dignity Health is the latest hospital system to set up a “specialty pharmacy” — businesses dispensing complex medications that basic pharmacies generally can’t give out. Patients often get the drugs now through their hospital pharmacies, but additional steps and approvals can be a challenge even for them.