#52: Our Take, June 3, 2019


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In this week’s episode, John reviews Novartis’ new gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, priced at more than $2.1 million. ICER, a nonprofit research institute that evaluates the cost effectiveness of pharmaceuticals, said Novartis’ price is within the upper bound of the organization’s value-based price benchmark range.

Briefs include:

  • A broad bipartisan draft health care legislation package containing dozens of provisions was recently released by the Senate Health Committee.
  • Forcing oncology practices to take on downside risk in CMS’ Oncology Care Model in July could result in more than half of them owing the government.
  • UnitedHealth Group pointed to price variations for diagnostic tests as a potential way to reduce overspending.
  • Mallinckrodt plans to spin off its specialty generics business to shareholders.
  • The FDA’s recent approval of Novartis’ Piqray (alpelisib).
  • FDA clears a new wearable device to treat migraine.
  • Biogen is scrapping its investigational treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, and is canceling its Phase III ENGAGE and EMERGE clinical trials.

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