Biogen’s Aducanumab And The Case For A Medicare-Driven Clinical Trial
Peter Bach warns against Medicare ceding its scientific authority to FDA and automatically covering all drugs and devices the agency clears, suggesting the Alzheimer’s drug be subject to a CMS Innovation Center trial if FDA-approved. Others say the drug could highlight flaws in Medicare Part B’s payment system.
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