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Tradjenta delay could set trend as comparator argument evolves in Germany

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Executive Summary

In September 2011 Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly announced a delay to the German launch of their novel DPP-IV inhibitor Tradjenta (linagliptin; sold in the EU as Trajenta) because of the anticipated difficulty in agreeing a suitable price with the German regulators. In Germany, most of the cost of care for most of the population is covered by a range of sickness funds funded by statutory health insurance. Furthermore, a state body - IQWiG (the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care) - is involved in setting reimbursement pricing for new medications.

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