As drug prices climb and expensive newcomers inspire payers to get creative to contain costs, a window is widening for meds that can drive efficiency for healthcare systems and address consumers' needs. That's where biosimilars come in--or so Pfizer figures.
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Targeted drugs, personalized medicine, stratified therapy--whatever you call it, using biomarkers to identify particular patients for particular drugs has been hailed as a boon for patients and a savvy strategy for pharma.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals saw a problem with recent obesity drug launches: Cost. Private insurers and public payers were refusing coverage--or foisting big copays onto patients--dragging down new drugs marketed by Vivus and Eisai.
Sanofi's U.S. diabetes sales team is under a worldwide spotlight--and not because it's time to take a bow.
When Sanofi announced that its franchise would suffer next year because of U.S. payer contracts, the natural follow-up question was this: Does this mean a diabetes pricing war? If Sanofi had to boost its rebates to win coverage--which the company admits it did--then that means its rivals, including Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk, have, too.
Drugmakers are accustomed to grappling with government payers and PBMs over prices. But a pricing fight directly with patients? That's not your everyday occurrence.
Merck's marketing team is adding another arrow to its quiver of community-oriented campaigns: a partnership with HBCU Connect, a niche media network targeting alumni and students of historically black colleges and universities.
A few things are certain about the Sunshine Act data that hit the Internet Tuesday afternoon. One, it's incomplete. Two, it's controversial. Three, the numbers are pretty staggering, with $3.5 billion in payments to 546,000 doctors and 1,360 research institutions over a 5-month period.
The HHS Inspector General's office says the fine print isn't enough to safeguard against Medicare recipients' coupon use. Drugmakers have to do more--or risk violating antikickback laws.