Category Archives: pricing

Managing High-Priced, US Biotech Rxs in Canada

As the “Saga of Sovaldi” continues to unfold in the U.S., and Congress, insurers, providers, and the U.S. Rx manufacturer, Gilead, hurl charges back and forth at each other, it’s pretty clear the situation will only continue to deteriorate. However, as you look north of the American border, it’s striking how Canadian healthcare entities are managing […]
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UK’s Controversial Cancer Fund Boosted — But What’s the Long-Term Plan?

By Leela Barham. The English Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF), set up to provide funding for those products that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has not recommended for use or where their guidance isn’t yet available, remains controversial. Initially penciled for closure in 2014, it is now planned to run to 2016. […]
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Europe: More Direct-Acting Antivirals, More Controversy

The storms raging across Europe—and beyond—over the pricing of new hepatitis C treatments have been intensified by the European Union’s approval last week of the latest directly-acting antiviral, Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Daklinza (daclatasvir). Just two months after the European Medicines Agency gave a positive opinion on the drug, the formal authorization was delivered for use in […]
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Pharmaceutical Care Management Association Releases Hep C Medicare Part D Impact Study

As the controversy over Sovaldi’s $84,000 per therapy cost continues to build, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association has released a study on the impact of the new Hepatitis C drugs on the overall costs to the US Medicare Part D pharmaceutical program (http://www.pcmanet.org/images/stories/uploads/2014/partdpremiumstudymilliman.pdf)
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The Market Will Demand a Cheaper Alternative to Sovaldi

A new report from Frost & Sullivan forecasts “robust demand” for HCV antivirals, with several strong competitors “maneuvering aggressively” to narrow the market gap by introducing a treatment that can outdo Gilead’s Sovaldi.
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