The Congressional Budget Office is estimating $345 billion could be saved in direct federal spending on Medicare Part D prescription drugs from 2023 through 2029 if H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, was passed.
"With any traditional antidepression medicine, it takes three, four, six weeks before you see a response. With this class of drug, on day four, boom, there is a connection between it and lifting depression."
The number of biopharma deals and mergers and acquisitions completed are on a downward slide quarter-by-quarter, although when taken as a whole, the industry in 2019 has completed as many transactions and is hitting a higher deal value than the year before, while M&A values are up by 32%.
At just under $30 billion raised through the third quarter, company financings have reached a three-year high in the ever-burgeoning industry of medical technology. The amount, according to data collected by BioWorld MedTech, compares with $25.76 billion for all of 2018, and $19.4 billion for all of 2017, indicating an increase of 15% and 53%, respectively.
Heading into the final quarter, the sector's leading biopharmaceutical companies once again underperformed the general market in September. Overall, the third quarter was extremely lackluster with investors showing little interest in getting involved, a situation that is likely to prevail until the end of the year. Companies will need to release strong 3Q financial reports just to tread water in the coming months.