CohnReznick, Frier & Levitt and CSI Specialty Group Collaborate to Serve Specialty Pharmacy Industry

New York-based CohnReznick LLP (FY14 net revenue of $508.2 million) announced it has created a collaborative market solution with Frier & Levitt, a national boutique health care law firm providing regulatory, transactional and litigation advice and CSI Specialty Group, a globally recognized industry thought leader that provides innovative specialty pharmacy consulting, workforce planning and talent acquisition solutions. The alliance will provide a comprehensive array of services tailored to the specialty pharmacy industry.

With the rapid growth in the industry, specialty pharmacies and manufacturers of specialty pharmaceuticals face significant challenges in acquiring growth capital and developing and managing their talent pool, while simultaneously maintaining regulatory compliance. This environment necessitates increased collaboration between service providers. Recognizing the industry need and the depth of pharmacy expertise within each firm, CohnReznick, Frier & Levitt and CSI Specialty Group have aligned to bring joint services, educational programs and guidance to the specialty pharmacy industry, as well as co-market services to their respective client bases.

Led by industry icon Suzette DiMascio, CSI Specialty Group, is a leadership consulting firm based in Central Florida. The firm’s award-winning services span from specialty pharmacy build-outs to manufacturer drug launches. Capitalizing on the team’s unique specialty pharmacy lineage of over 183 combined years of experience, CSI’s team is uniquely positioned to provide companies with the insight and industry expertise to contribute to their clients’ corporate goals and make a real impact on organizational scalability and growth.

“We are excited about what this alliance means for the ability of our allied firms to continue to expand, enable and innovate to deliver tailored services to our specialty pharmacy clients,” says Suzette DiMascio, founder and president/CEO of CSI Specialty Group.

Headquartered in Pine Brook, N.J., Frier & Levitt is a national health care boutique law firm with an industry focus on pharmacy law. Through litigation in state and federal courts, the firm has successfully required pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to permit specialty pharmacies admission into restricted PBM networks.

“Specialty pharmacies are among the most regulated entities in the country and with all PBMs owning their own specialty pharmacies, network exclusions are on the rise,” says Jonathan Levitt, co-founding partner. “Aligning with other professionals committed to the specialty pharmacy industry creates a strong value proposition to help the industry balance regulatory compliance, with payor requirements and business growth goals.”