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Why 2016 drug approvals fell
Why 2016 drug approvals fellWhile FDA approved far fewer new drugs in 2016 than 2015, the agency quickly approved novel and breakthrough therapies.
US drug spending predicted to drop
US drug spending predicted to dropThe US growth rate for spending on medicines is expected to fall in 2016 and beyond, according to new research.
Breast cancer biosimilar shows equivalency to brand
Breast cancer biosimilar shows equivalency to brandTwo new major studies on a biosimilar to trastuzumab (Herceptin, Genentech) to treat HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer and HER2-positive gastric cancer demonstrated equivalency.
New antibiotic for MRSA on the horizon
New antibiotic for MRSA on the horizonAs the healthcare profession continues to face challenges with antibiotic resistance, drugmakers are developing novel antibiotics that will be effective against some of the worst infections. One drugmaker submitted New Drug Applications (NDAs) for approval of IV and oral delafloxacin (Baxdela) to FDA.
Sharp price increases for cancer drugs
Sharp price increases for cancer drugsA majority of oncology drugs—particularly older cancer drugs—had price hikes in 2015, according to a study. Plus, Ariad Pharmaceuticals raised the price of its chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) drug ponatinib (Iclusig) for the fourth time this year to around $199,000 a year, according to The Street.
Game-changing depression drug on horizon
Game-changing depression drug on horizonFDA recently granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for esketamine (Janssen Research & Development), an investigational medication to treat major depressive disorder with imminent risk for suicide.
Are PCSK9 inhibitors too pricey?
Are PCSK9 inhibitors too pricey?PCSK9 inhibitors such as alirocumab (Praluent, Sanofi) and evolocumab (Repatha, Amgen) are priced too high to benefit the US healthcare system, according to a new study.
PBM giants pare down drug expenses
PBM giants pare down drug expensesWhen Express Scripts and CVS Health announced their 2017 formularies on August 1, a common theme emerged among the healthcare giants: several blockbuster drugs will be removed from both companies’ formularies and lower-cost options such as biosimilars are being embraced.
Top 4 ways US is combating opioid epidemic
Top 4 ways US is combating opioid epidemicExpanding access to buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use disorder, is one of several new actions announced by Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the opioid epidemic. Here are the top 4 new provisions from HHS.
Cheaper hep C drug enters competitive market
Cheaper hep C drug enters competitive marketA new drug approved by FDA to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection this week enters a competitive, lucrative market headed up by Gilead Science’s Sovaldi and Harvoni, as well as AbbVie’s Viekira Pak. FDA granted priority review and breakthrough therapy designation to Gilead’s combination product, Epclusa (sofosbuvir 400 mg/velpatasvir 100 mg).