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Prolia Pricing: Straddling Osteoporosis And Oncology

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Amgen's first-in-class Prolia (denosumab) is burdened with a high price point as it joins the competitive and price-sensitive osteoporosis market. With a wholesale acquisition cost of $1,650 a year - including two $825 injections - Prolia will officially cost more than the leading branded drugs Actonel (risedronate), Boniva (ibandronate) and Reclast (zoledronic acid), and it will have to compete against generic versions of the gold standard, alendronate (Merck's Fosamax)

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