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January 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Specialty Pharmacy News - Earlier this month, the U.S. pharmaceutical market moved a lot closer to welcoming the first drug approved through the biosimilar pathway when an FDA committee unanimously recommended its approval. And with an increasing number of biologics boasting price tags nearing — or exceeding — $100,000 per patient per year, biosimilars are expected to bring some relief to patients and payers alike. Read more

The Dec. 19 FDA approval of AbbVie Inc.’s Viekira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir… Read more

Outrage over the prices of new hepatitis C therapies continues to mount,… Read more

With prices for biologics eating up more and more of payers’ budgets,… Read more

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January 21, 2015
FDA OKs Novartis Psoriasis Therapy

FDA approves Novartis’ Cosentyx (secukinumab) for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis; drug is first IL-17A antagonist http://tinyurl.com/o8cw8c6

January 21, 2015
ASCO Will Work With SAP to Develop CancerLinQ

ASCO is teaming with SAP in the development of CancerLinQ to create Big Data cancer platform; first version with data from 8 practices will be released later this year http://tinyurl.com/luon8q2

January 5, 2015
ODAC Meeting Materials Look Positive for Sandoz Biosimilar

Ahead of Wednesday meeting, ODAC materials indicate Sandoz’s biosimilar filgrastim is “highly similar” to Amgen’s Neupogen http://tinyurl.com/netnkxp

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