Collaboration Sparks a New ‘Value of Drugs’ Discussion, and Pharma Needs to Speak Up

Posted by Joe Stevens on Wed, Feb 06, 2019

The industry’s current value and payment system is being scrutinized as pharma companies continue to expand their traditional, treatment-based drug discovery models to include potential cures. The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is collaborating with the U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health to address some of the perceived challenges in pharmaceutical valuation methodologies, namely how the industry should be evaluating high-cost, but potentially curative, treatments.


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First Launch Commercialization Strategy: Go It Alone or Partner?

Posted by Renuka Agarwal on Fri, Feb 01, 2019

Ben Hohn, Cody Powers and Judith Kulich co-wrote this article with Renuka Agarwal.

The 2019 JPMorgan Chase Healthcare Conference kicked off with a bang as Eli Lilly announced its acquisition of Loxo Oncology for $8 billion. Loxo, a young biotechnology company that partnered with Bayer to launch its first asset, Vitrakvi, in 2018, isn’t a unique story: In today’s environment, the number of first launches for U.S.-based companies—defined by ZS as the first marketed assets of companies that have FDA “novel” status—is rapidly increasing. There were only three first launches from U.S.-based companies in 2011 compared to an astounding 16 first launches in 2018, primarily in oncology, according to ZS research.


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Four Takeaways From the Year’s Biggest—and Rainiest—Healthcare Conference

Posted by Ann Klein on Thu, Jan 31, 2019

Every year in early January, Union Square in San Francisco transforms from a shopping mecca to a (usually rainy) gathering of leadership teams from payers, large providers, life sciences companies and tech companies across the globe. The visual is dramatic: You’ll never see as many dark suits in San Francisco than when you’re wandering around town during the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference.


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Ramping Up Real-World Evidence: Assessing the FDA’s New RWE Framework

Posted by Qin Ye on Thu, Jan 24, 2019

Ishita Srivastava and Divya Babbar co-authored this blog post with Qin Ye.

The FDA considers the use of real-world data and real-world evidence a top strategic priority, and on Dec. 6, it unveiled its much-anticipated RWE framework to support the development of drugs and biologics. The framework is aimed at evaluating the potential use of RWE for assessing a product’s effectiveness and focuses on increased stakeholder engagement to effectively leverage RWD and RWE for public health purposes.


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Three Things That Pharma Executives Must Do to Keep Pace With the Healthcare Evolution

Posted by Ian Wilcox on Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Just over a week ago, CVS Health announced that it had closed the deal on the merger heard ’round the world: the highly anticipated acquisition of insurance giant Aetna. CVS Health President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Merlo said in a statement that the merger will “transform the consumer health experience and build healthier communities through a new, innovative healthcare model that is local, easier to use, less expensive and puts consumers at the center of their care.”


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