COVID-19: Now and Beyond

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Tue, Mar 17, 2020

How does the COVID-19 pandemic impact the pharmaceutical industry and the drug pricing debate? In the short term, it may have caused a temporary break in the drug pricing media deluge, but it likely will create questions about new vaccine’s affordability and its ability to reach a broad patient population. As the disease’s spread continues to dominate the world stage, many pharmaceutical companies and university laboratories are working hard to identify treatment and vaccination options for COVID-19.


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Accelerating Market Access: Three Trends Shaping Pharma’s Future

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Mon, Dec 16, 2019

Dean Hakanson co-wrote this blog post with Ed Schoonveld.

Is the demand for value-based care merely superficial? Are the industry’s decision-making and incentive systems built to encourage clinical innovation? How will pharma companies rethink their pipelines to improve poor commercialization efforts?


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The 2019 STAT Summit: ‘You Don’t Burn the House Down to Get Rid of Rats’

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Many senior leaders in the healthcare and pharmaceutical space gathered at the inaugural STAT Summit on Nov. 21st at the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass. The invitation-only summit featured an interesting mix of exciting medical scientific advances, including bionic limbs, artificial intelligence, the impact of real-world evidence on drug development, and patient testimonials regarding some great medical and pharmaceutical innovations.


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The Access Journey

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Thu, Feb 21, 2019

How do we devise an optimal strategy to ensure patient access to our treatments in an age of value and affordability? How do we incorporate the impact of payers, medical communities, providers, prescribers and patients in a framework that helps us make trade-offs for development and commercialization decisions? It’s time to start the “access journey.”


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The WHO Report and Access to Cancer Medicines

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Tue, Feb 05, 2019

The World Health Organization’s recently published report, “Pricing of Cancer Medicines and its Impacts,” has elevated the issue to the agenda of the WHO’s executive board and is likely to ignite a lot of debate and some potential actions. While the report raises some very legitimate concerns related to access to anti-cancer drugs for patients, it also falls short of understanding the pharmaceutical industry environment. Rather than simply blaming the industry, it would be more productive to understand what’s standing in the way of collaboration to address patient needs and then jointly try to develop realistic programs to resolve it.


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