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Ian Read walked away from a meeting with President Trump with a rosy view on drug pricing and rebate reform. He said he expects rebates will be eliminated, but net drug prices will continue to grow. Rebate reform will benefit new drug launches, he predicted.
Positive recommendations for the approval of CAR-T therapies Yescarta and Kymriah were delivered in Europe in June. Michael Elliott, Gilead Sciences' VP for medical affairs in Europe, spoke to Scrip about the Yescarta launch strategy and the long-term future of CAR-T.
With new branded immunotherapy-based double- or triple-drug combinations on the way, there is greater scrutiny of costs and efficiency.
The company shifted attention in March from its big acne setback to its mid-year Qbrexza approval, so with a recent FDA nod for the hyperhidrosis treatment, Dermira will fill out its sales team and make the topical product for excessive underarm sweating available in October.
Ipsen's David Meek tells Scrip a Hard Brexit looks likely and that he's preparing the French pharma for that scenario.
Roche used its ASCO investor briefing to highlight its digital and personalized healthcare strategy, including examples of how it’s facilitating R&D and reimbursement – and how that should position it to be an oncology leader in the future.
Lilly priced its now-approved Olumiant (baricitinib) to fight for US market share versus well-known rheumatoid arthritis therapies, undercutting Humira by 60% and Pfizer's established JAK inhibitor Xeljanz by 50%.
Amgen said when Aimovig was approved that its $6,900 list price was designed to make sure a lot of patients could access the migraine prophylaxis. ICER now says that's a reasonable price, assuming a $5,000 net cost for the CGRP inhibitor, but only for patients who have failed on other treatments.
Chiesi still has work to do to convince NICE that its ultra rare disease treatment Lamzede is a cost-effective treatment.
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