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May 4, 2017

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New Drug Dupixent Is Poised for Broad Coverage Despite High Price
Reprinted from DRUG BENEFIT NEWS

New eczema biologic drug Dupixent (dupilumab) is getting a cautiously warm reception from payers despite its $37,000 annual list price, as manufacturers Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. argue that it will deliver value and improve health outcomes for patients who have had few good options. The FDA approved Dupixent on March 28 for adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, or eczema, that isn’t controlled with topical treatments. The medication is a twice-a-month subcutaneous injection.... Read Full Story

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$497 ... was the average premium for consumers purchasing individual coverage on all reporting federally facilitated and state-based exchanges before receiving the Advance Premium Tax Credit (APTC) or Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSR). For those receiving APTC, the average premium fell to $123.



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HealthSmart appointed William (Bill) Wallace executive vice president of HealthSmart Benefit Management. He will oversee business development, sales and marketing, account management and HealthSmartRx, the company’s prescription benefit manager, and will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. Wallace previously served on the senior leadership teams of Medical Care America, Perot Systems Healthcare, Medco Health Solutions and Diplomat Pharmacy. Most recently, he was the executive vice president of Pharmaceutical Strategies Group….Anthem Inc. named Hongmai (Mai) Pham, M.D., vice president, Provider Alignment Solutions, overseeing Anthem’s value-based payment collaborations. Pham is a founding official at CMS’s Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.


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