After months of delay and suspense, in a Rose Garden ceremony, President Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced a comprehensive approach to prescription drugs, which they claimed would address major challenges.
I imagine George Yancopoulos, profiled on this month’s cover, to have gained some of his life’s wisdom in a similar fashion to most people — by trying new things.
Tawni Koutchesfahani, director of manufacturing strategy at Relypsa, says pharmaceutical manufacturing must diversify if it is to thrive. That means the recruitment and retention of more women and more millennials.
Biopharma startups are enjoying a window of opportunity for successful IPOs that opened in mid-2017. CEOs share their experiences of going public, what is fueling IPOs, and tips for others thinking about making this important next step.
It takes more to enter the biosimilar business than simply being a leading innovator in the biologics space. As several Pfizer experts shared, there are some integral transitions, both in mindset and in terms of practice, that need to occur to fully embrace biosimilars.
Sage Therapeutics’ CEO Jeff Jonas, M.D., discusses what he means by a “return to the basics of science” at his company.
Summary: Jeff Jonas, M.D., CEO of Sage Therapeutics, discusses some of the challenges of launching a product that could change the paradigm of treating postpartum depression (PPD).
Three manufacturing executives from three different companies (i.e., Allergan, Biogen, and GSK) tackle questions on trends, regions, and the future of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
Four biopharma manufacturing executives disclose what they are doing at their organization that will have a big impact on manufacturing operations in 2018 and beyond.
States are moving to control rising drug prices, and pharma is fighting back.
Patients have an irrefutable role in shaping the care they need. We have come a long way since the days when the idea of involving patients in healthcare product development was controversial, if not unheard of. In recent years, the healthcare ecosystem, and the role patients play in it, has evolved in a promising direction, leading to a much deeper understanding of the impact the patient voice can and should have in healthcare.
Writing and enforcing standard operating procedures (SOPs) is a challenge. Poorly written SOPs are a common cause of deficiencies and observations cited in 483s and warning letters from the FDA.
In slowing down long enough to be deliberate, thoughtful, and proactive in your approach, you lay the necessary foundation to go faster where it counts.
Biosimilars were touted as a payer’s tool to gain savings in specialty markets, but a recent survey by Avalere of the top 25 payers in the U.S. (about 189 million covered lives) using publicly available coverage policies found that biosimilars are commonly subject to step through polices, including those that require the patient to “fail” first on a branded product, and only then will the payer cover a biosimilar of that same branded product (i.e., the biosimilar’s reference product). Policies like this may be why although the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) originally estimated a 10-year decrease in federal spending of $5.9 billion attributable to “follow on biologics”/biosimilars in 2009, it is estimated the actual savings have only been 8 percent of that amount (approximately $241 million).
I’ve heard it said that innovation in the biosimilar world extends beyond the actual scientific and technical development of the product; innovation also applies to the act of changing and shaping regulations and perspectives. This year’s conference really emphasized the specific tasks being carried out by members of biosimilar companies, patient advocacy groups, payers, and research organizations to change and advance perspectives.
Much of the focus these days, especially after the release of ICH E6(R2), has been on how Sponsors can better monitor and oversee the performance of their CRO partners. This discussion, and resulting effort, around CRO oversight is worthwhile and useful, but too often it is narrowly focused on metrics. A holistic approach to successfully partnering with CROs is needed, starting with the initial assessment of outsourcing drivers all the way through to trial completion.
Sponsor companies are increasingly examining ways to integrate the payer community’s point of view into clinical development activities, a trend that could improve the chances a drug will gain market access, achieve faster adoption once launched, and better meet patient needs. With payers increasingly demanding evidence of a drug’s value before they will cover a marketed product, demonstrating both better clinical and economic benefits of a treatment takes on greater significance.