U.S. payers are striking out at drug spending again, highlighting the cost to taxpayers. According to a commissioned report, 10 hot new "breakthrough" meds are expected to cost publicly funded healthcare plans more than $50 billion over the next decade.
HBO premiered an award-winning short documentary about Huntington's disease, a rare, hereditary neurological malady, on Monday night. The film follows actress and filmmaker Marianne Palka as she finds out the results of her genetic test. If someone has a parent with the disease as she did, they have a 50/50 chance of getting the disease. The missing voice? Pharma.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals wants to expand its cystic fibrosis market tenfold, and on Tuesday, it got one step closer. An FDA advisory committee voted 12 to 1 in favor of a new combo drug Orkambi, which marries current CF star Kalydeco with an experimental med, lumacaftor.
Vertex is looking to expand its market for cystic fibrosis drug Kalydeco tenfold, but to do that, it needs the FDA's backing. On Tuesday, it got one step closer, grabbing an advisory committee nod for a new Kalydeco combo.
As an FDA review nears for Vertex's Kalydeco-lumacaftor tandem--approval of which could help Kalydeco reach 10 times the number of cystic fibrosis patients it currently does--the agency's staffers have some concerns.
While pharma's been riding its deal wave, Gilead's been off on its own, coasting on new revenue from blockbuster hep C launches Sovaldi and Harvoni. But one analysts thinks the time is ripe for it to get in on the M&A action--and he's tabbed Vertex as a prime target.
Sky-high drug prices have been causing their fair share of consternation among payers lately, and industry watchers have suspected for a while now that Vertex will stir the pot when its new cystic fibrosis combo--expected to win FDA approval later this year--hits the market. But just how much will payers need to shell out for the new med over time? Prime Therapeutics has some ideas.
Arkansas Medicaid officials have wrapped up a legal dispute over Vertex's cystic fibrosis drug Kalydeco, settling to resolve claims the state denied patients the treatment based on its high price tag. And while it's good news for the drugmaker, this may be just the first in a series of cost-control battles to follow.
Vertex is on the verge of something very big with lumacaftor, a drug that could revolutionize cystic fibrosis treatment for nearly half the world's patient population. But as it awaits approval and looks ahead to launch, it's taking care to avoid the payer pushback Gilead sparked with its pricey next-gen hep C med Sovaldi.
Vertex is already awaiting the FDA's decision on a Kalydeco combo that could exponentially amp up its cystic fibrosis patient pool. But in the meantime, it announced Sunday evening, it's starting in on a Phase III program for yet another Kalydeco pairing.