LAS VEGAS, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Asembia's specialty pharmacy summit last week drew a record 5,600 attendees representing pharmacies, pharma/biotech manufacturers, drug wholesalers, payers, and technology innovators, including related industry stakeholders. This annual meeting has grown to become the largest U.S. healthcare conference for specialty pharmacy.
The four-day event filled both Wynn and Encore hotels in Las Vegas to capacity with nearly every specialty pharmacy stakeholder represented. The meeting featured a robust agenda complete with business seminars, educational sessions, networking events and an engaging exhibit experience, as well as an abundance of highly impactful presentations and panel discussions from leading industry experts who discussed current and future trends in specialty pharmacy. During one of the featured sessions, Adam Fein of Pembroke Consulting reported, "By the year 2021, the specialty pharmacy market is expected to increase from its current 28% to over 42% of the total annual U.S. pharmacy spend." Fein's co-presenter, Doug Long of QuintilesIMS added, "Specialty pharmacy is one of the fastest growing segments in healthcare and is projected to exceed $300B in annual spend by 2021, up from $180B in 2016."
Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons emceed this year's General Session, which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger as the keynote speaker. Mike Agostino of Amber Pharmacy opened the session by presenting Gibbons with the Asembia Hendriks Caregiver of the Year award for her dedication and service to family caregivers. Insightful speeches followed from Liz Barrett, global president and general manager of Pfizer Oncology, and Donald Vidic, chief pharmacy and growth officer of AllianceRx Walgreens Prime. Both presenters offered unique professional perspectives on the current state and future direction of the industry. The session concluded with Governor Schwarzenegger's motivating and inspirational keynote with the theme: "no person is self-made."
"The growth of our annual specialty pharmacy member meeting has been incredible," stated Robert Irene, co-founder and president of Asembia. "Each year we carefully fashion our agenda to empower maximum networking opportunities and relationship building while also providing the most current industry information. We are thrilled with the record turnout and the overwhelmingly positive feedback we continue to receive."
About Specialty Pharmacy Summit
Asembia's annual Specialty Pharmacy Summit began in 2005 and has grown to include thousands of senior executives and professionals from member pharmacies, vendor partners and other related industry stakeholders. Agenda highlights include business workshops, educational seminars, exhibits, and continuing education, along with numerous networking and social events. During the conference, participants gain an in-depth understanding of the specialty pharmacy marketplace while helping to impact its future.
For more than a decade, Asembia has been working with member pharmacies, manufacturers, prescribers, payers, and other industry stakeholders to develop solutions for the high-touch specialty pharmaceutical service model. Through collaborative programs, contracting initiatives, patient support HUB services and innovative technology platforms, Asembia is committed to providing solutions that impact the patient journey. For more information, visit www.asembia.com.
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