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What payer concerns? Sovaldi ahead of curve

What payer concerns? Sovaldi ahead of curve

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If the HCV drug's trajectory continues, it could exceed Q1 and 2014 sales forecasts, despite payers' reported unease over price.

ACA enrollment misses target

Official numbers are pending, but Reuters notes enrollment appears to be just 3% of the government's goal.

Business briefs: AbbVie, FDA, and health spending projections

AbbVie and Galapagos go after cystic fibrosis; FDA's NME approval pace slows; government shutdown could slow ad-com votes; and a report shows privately insured patients had emptier pockets in 2012 than 2011

Business briefs: Allergan, Incyte, Medtronic, Aetna

Allergan asks FDA to reconsider Restatis generics requirements, Incyte's Jakafi could be pancreatic cancer nemesis, Medtronic says its strategy is at the heart of where healthcare is going and Aetna's app alliance makes health local and personal.

Doctors could use more info on health exchanges: study

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A new survey of doctors reveals how much they know (or don't) about the looming launch of healthcare exchanges.

High deductibles linked to lower Rx fills and cancer screenings

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A study highlights medical service trends among patients with high-deductible plans but lacks insight on health impact and long-term costs.

Studies show cheaper drugs don't add up to greater use

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Two studies released show that the story behind lower consumer healthspend isn't about generics improving health.

Company news: AstraZeneca, Novartis, Teva

AstaZeneca avoids a Lipitor moment, FDA approves Novartis med for Cushing's, and Teva ventures into South Korea. Plus: a closer look at health exchanges

HHS expands 9/11 health program to cover cancers

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The Department of Health and Human Services observed the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks by extending coverage of a program for first responders sickened by their work at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, PA to cover some 50 cancers.

Amid misspent billions, the promise of personalized medicine

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The Institute of Medicine has released a report putting the cost of unnecessary medical care at $750 billion a year and counting. What does it mean for pharmas? Depends on how you read it.

Pharmas are from Mars, Payers are from Venus

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Pharma needs to step up its sales pitch, looking beyond a drug's top attributes, to convince payers that their drugs are worth the cost.

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