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Jessica Merrill

New York, NY
Jessica Merrill is a Bureau Editor for US Commercial Content for Informa’s pharmaceutical news publications, including “The Pink Sheet” and SCRIP. She has been covering the pharmaceutical industry as a journalist for more than 10 years, spanning the spectrum from R&D to regulatory to commercial. She was previously a reporter and editor for “The Pink Sheet” and “Pink Sheet” DAILY, specializing in business and commercial news, focusing largely on big pharma, M&A and business development, and the commercial landscape, including drug launches and market access. Before embarking on a career in healthcare journalism, she covered business news for the cosmetics industry and worked as a newspaper reporter.
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$1M For Luxturna? ICER Says Big Discount Needed To Be Cost Effective

Luxturna, a one-time treatment for a rare inherited form of blindness, would not be cost-effective at the $1m price level that has been suggested as a possibility, based on ICER's thresholds. But the small patient population would keep it from triggering ICER's US budget spending threshold.

Reimbursement Pricing Strategies

Novartis Floats 'Bold' Value-Based Reimbursement Idea In Migraine

Novartis and Amgen are trying to build a compelling case for the value of their CGRP antagonist erenumab. Novartis said one strategy under consideration is to underwrite the cost of the drug for patients who don't respond.

Reimbursement Market Access

All Smiles At Sage As Phase III Postpartum Depression Data Are Positive

The company plans to file an NDA with FDA in the first half of 2018 for an intravenous formulation of brexanolone, which could be the first treatment specifically for postpartum depression.

Clinical Trials Neurology

Keeping An Eye On Regeneron: What's Next To Drive Growth

Regeneron is looking to expansion of Eylea to diabetic retinopathy and Dupixent to asthma and other indications to drive mid-term growth. The firm is poised to file a PD-1 inhibitor with FDA in Q1.

Sales & Earnings Launches

Spark Stands By $1M Or More Price Possibility For Luxturna

Management did not disclose the pricing strategy for the gene therapy for blindness during its third quarter financial update, but did confirm that the value of the therapy is in excess of $1m per patient.

Pricing Strategies Reimbursement

Payer Pushback Underpins Mallinckrodt's Disappointing Q3 Results

Mallinckrodt's high-priced H.P Acthar Gel was under pressure in the third quarter, which management attributed to payer complexities. The issue is broader than just Acthar, firm says.

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