No matter which piece of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report or a similar one from CMS actuary that observers seize on, both documents indicate that HR 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019, would save federal spending and improve health, at least in the short term, and also have a dramatic impact on the prescription drug industry.
While eculizumab is being targeted by multiple biosimilar developers who are in phase 3 clinical trials with their competitive products, spending on eculizumab is reaching concerning levels; as such, it is increasingly important to clarify eculizumab’s place in the treatment paradigm for myasthenia gravis (MG).
The MAGIC Act would amend the Affordable Care Act to allow chemically synthesized insulins to be approved under abbreviated new drug applications.
While biosimilar stakeholders’ eyes have been on the recent launch of new products and on policy proposals that stand to impact these therapies, several new proposed biosimilar agents are making their way into clinical trials.
The bill prohibits these agreements between brand name and generic drug manufacturers by making them presumptively anticompetitive if the nonreference drug maker receives anything of value from the other company. The bill would make violating these provisions punishable by civil penalty.
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a nonprofit health technology assessment body, has issued an updated report on treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in which it says that the Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor upadacitinib has a marginal clinical benefit over adalimumab and an "incremental cost-utility ratio falling below commonly cited thresholds.”
The International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP), which convened in London, United Kingdom, this week for its 18th international symposium on oncology pharmacy practice, has issued a new global position statement on biosimilars in therapeutic and supportive oncology.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top stories for the week of October 7, 2019.
Major drug companies poured hundreds of millions of dollars into nonprofit patient advocacy groups last year, as a fight over federal legislation to curb rising pharmaceutical prices is underway, Bloomberg Government reports.
A new KPMG report, commissioned by generic and biosimilar trade group Medicines for Europe, identifies some of the features of drug procurement in hospitals in different countries in Europe, explains how they impact biosimilar uptake, and gives recommendations to help biosimilars play a role in the strong—and growing—need to reduce spending in health systems.

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