UK drug-cost watchdog backs Sovaldi, Achillion touts HCV interim results, Avastin's latest cancer indication, Ebola outbreak worsens, COPD drug gets panel nod, and study links quick reviews and black-box warnings.
These healthcare plans allow employees and employers to avoid ACA penalties but provide little coverage.
Layoffs are reported to be in the offing.
The Scottish Medicines Consortium gave a thumb's down to GSK's drug and a Boehringer COPD drug.
Britain's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has followed through on its Kadcyla objections and has said Roche's breast cancer drug will remain off the National Health Services formulary because it is too expensive.
Medibid users auction up care in exchange for a low price.
The PBM dropped 25 more drugs from its formulary.
Innovation is still valued in the orphan-drug space, but the reimbursement bar is rising. NPS Pharma's Eric Pauwels, who's launched five ultra-rare disease products, explains how these biotech brands can demonstrate their value. Marc Iskowitz reports
Disclosed in its earnings report yesterday, Gilead may have a card up its sleeve to counter Merck's experimental hep. C combo regimen.
In the latest chapter in the Sovaldi pricing saga, Senators Ron Wyden and Charles Grassley urge Gilead to clarify Sovaldi sticker shock.