Bluebird Pushes For Zynteglo Pricing Of Five €315K Annual Installments
CEO Nick Leschly talked to Scrip about the European payment strategy for the one-time gene therapy, which will cost €1.575m over five years if treatment is successful.
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Value-based contracting in the US is moving toward high-cost drugs for rare disease and away from lower cost chronic treatments as payers plan for the coming pipeline of cell and gene therapies. Marketed gene therapies all have some kind of risk sharing deal in place but further progress on the most innovative payment models is hampered by regulatory and operational challenges.
With gene therapies for sickle cell disease looming and two new expensive therapies of to a slow start, access challenges could prevent a large portion of patients from receiving treatment, a report from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concludes. The report urges development of new payment models, offering five ideas.
A BLA filing for Zynteglo in beta-thalassemia is expected in the second half of 2020 instead of the first half, but the first commercial patient in the EU will be treated in the first half of this year.