As specialty drugs become the standard of care for many complex diseases, they present unique challenges to payers, according to the 10th edition of the EMD Serono Specialty Digest. Specialty drugs can be delivered through various routes of administration (subcutaneous injection, intravenous, intramuscular injection, oral), all of which may have unique coverage criteria, patient cost share, clinical management, and patient access.
Antipsychotic drugs are increasingly being prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens in foster care, according to a study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.
An 8-week regimen of ledipasvir-sofosbuvir was highly effective (>90% cure) in non-cirrhotic HCV patients with genotype infection, and adding ribavirin or extending treatment to 12 weeks did not significantly improve the results, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
FDA has approved the Timothy Grass Pollen Allergen Extract (Grastek, Merck) sublingual tablet as immunotherapy to treat grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis with or without conjunctivitis in children as young as 5 years of age and adults up to the age of 65. The tablet is a new option for patients who decline allergy shots.
The global insulin delivery devices market value is projected to increase from $8.78 billion in 2012 to $13.8 billion by 2019, according to a new report.