Aducanumab And The US Pricing Debate: A New Hook, But Still A Fuzzy Picture
Some Democratic senators are not fans of FDA’s approval of Biogen/Eisai’s Aduhelm, and are even more critical of the price of the Alzheimer’s therapy. That is providing a new hook to urge action on creating a federal price ‘negotiation’ program – but not any more clarity on a viable path to enacting one.
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Two House committees have launched investigations into the US FDA approval of Biogen/Eisai’s Aduhelm for Alzheimer’s, assuring that headlines questioning the effectiveness of the therapy will continue. It didn’t have to be this way.
Ron Wyden points to expectations Biogen’s drug will impose a heavy cost burden on Medicare as he questions FDA’s decision to approve aducanumab. He also expresses interest in a government-sponsored technology assessment program that could help establish the value of drugs.