Category Archives: Reimbursement

Drug pricing: Are we paying for efficacy or innovation?

What if we paid professional athletes only when they won? What if spectators got their tickets refunded whenever the home team lost? That might make that $1,300 Super Bowl ticket a little easier to purchase. And, hey, perhaps that might…

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Mamma Mia! It’s Biopharma Season!

“Hey kids, let’s put on a show!” That was a famous line from the 1937 Broadway musical, Babes in Arms, shouted to exhort the old gang to take action to save the orphanage. As the theater market just put on…

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He Said What?!?! Best Biotech Quotes of 2011

As BioWorld Insight readers know, our “Word on the Street” column provides a sample of the most entertaining and thought-provoking quotes our staff stumbles upon each week. Some are gathered during interviews, some gleaned from analyst reports, and some overheard…

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The Good, the Bad and . . . the Huh? A 2011 Biotech Recap

The past year brought the biotech sector a mixed bag of news. Some of it was positive – for instance, the FDA picked up its drug approval pace in 2011 and, in some cases, even surprised the most hardened biotech…

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Can Other Cell Therapy Firms Avoid Dendreon’s Fate?

Stem cell therapies may be relatively early stage, but that hasn’t stopped their developers from giving some serious thought to late stage issues like reimbursement and health economics. At the recent 2011 Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa, panelists debated…

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A Little Bit of Certainty Could Go a Long Way

Regulatory certainty. It’s something industry needs and investors want to see. It’s also one of the drivers for job creation. But it’s something our government doesn’t seem to get. Take the president’s repeated call for shorter data exclusivity for biologics,…

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Unless it’s Affordable, Curing Cancer is Just a Dream

Although they’re the stuff of science, statistics too often lack the power to move us. After all, they’re just numbers. So when companies like Dendreon Corp. and Seattle Genetics Inc. price their cancer treatments at nearly $100,000 or more, we…

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Biopharmas Should Explore Better Ways to Make and Regulate Drugs to Avoid Shortages

What’s causing drug shortages in the U.S., and is it a matter of mechanisms of control or methods of drug production? In 2010, there were shortages of 178 drugs in the U.S., a record-high level. Many drugs on the 2010…

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Don’t Price Drugs on What the Market Used to Bear

All those warnings about price pressures and reimbursement woes – they didn’t come from Chicken Little. The sky really could be falling for drugmakers that insist on pricing their products based on what the market used to bear. Rather than…

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The Scariest Thing about Dendreon’s Implosion

As a biotech junkie, I’ll admit I was shocked to the core by Dendreon Corp.’s second-quarter admission that prostate cancer vaccine Provenge (Sipuleucel-T) is thus far not succeeding commercially. (See BioWorld’s news bulletin for details.) The most shocking part? Analyst…

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