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New drug approvals, clinical trials, drug management. Three times per week.

Drug management

Drug pricing & markets, value-based pricing, cost control, real-world evidence for safety and effectiveness
Thomas Reinke
The randomized controlled trial reigns supreme, but the FDA is working on ways to incorporate real-world evidence into its approval processes.
The winners among the Part D preferred pharmacy networks are willing to trade lower prescription profit margins for larger market share. CVS pharmacies are preferred in plans that enrolled 8.5 million people in 2018, compared with the fewer than 300,000 people enrolled in CVS retail pharmacies in 2017.
The direct-acting virals revolutionized the treatment of hepatitis C. They also ushered turbocharged pricing. At least patients—and society—got a major health benefit in return.
Thomas Reinke
In theory, this approach could help untangle some knotty cost and quality concerns about medications as they move from clinical trials and into clinical use. But there’s that credibility issue.

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Thomas Morrow, MD
Hemlibra demonstrates how far antibody science has progressed. Genentech’s drug, approved late last year, connects two clotting factors to prevent the devastating bleeds in hemophilia patients with inhibitors. The high price may be offset by avoided costs in patients with factor VIII inhibitors.
Timothy Kelley
Opioid overdoses have killed more than 300,000 since 2000—and the death rate is rising. Buprenorphine could save thousands more lives than it does—if it weren’t for legal barriers, a fear of disruptive patients, and insurance red tape. And it can be prescribed in the primary care physician’s office.
Thomas Reinke
Some say gene editing platforms like CRISPR are a truer version of gene therapy because they are designed to home in on a particular genomic location.
2018 Year in Preview
Robert Calandra
PBM consultant Linda Cahn says that if Amazon gets into the PBM business it could insist that drugmakers simultaneously submit the net discount price for each of their drugs for the subsequent six months. Amazon could then publicize every drug’s actual price, by drug and by therapeutic category.