Policy

A United States District Judge in New Jersey has allowed a proposed class-action lawsuit against 3 major insulin makers to proceed.
After the Association for Accessible Medicines’ (AAM’s) Access! 2019 annual meeting came to a close last week, The Center for Biosimilars® spoke with Christine Simmon, senior vice president of policy and strategic alliances, AAM, and executive director, AAM’s Biosimilars Council, to get her take on some of the outcomes of the meeting.
The United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) today released a final appraisal of pertuzumab (Perjeta) together with intravenous trastuzumab and chemotherapy for the treatment of HER2-positive early breast cancer, and recommended pertuzumab for use in patients if they have lymph node–positive disease and if drug maker Roche adheres to its promised discount for the drug.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top news for the week of February 11, 2019.
An American Medical Association survey of 1000 physicians regarding the impact of prior authorization (PA) found that most providers reported a significant or negative impact on patient care, and more than a quarter reported a serious adverse event.
 
Recent research attempted to assess consumer response to the disclosure of drugs' list prices in direct-to-consumer advertising. 
A recent study examining Medicare Part D reimbursement policies for off-label uses, using dermatology as a focus, found that health coverage decisions have significant shortcomings that could hamper patient access to evidence-based treatments.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top news for the week of February 4, 2019.
Express Scripts said this week that it expects US drug spending to rise about 2% over the next 3 years, lower than projected inflation rates. However, a lack of competition will affect 2 of the costliest categories of pharmaceuticals—inflammatory conditions and diabetes—between 2019 and 2021.
This week, Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, reintroduced The Creating and Restoring Equal Access To Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act.
 

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