22:18 , May 20, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

Making Orphan drug prices work for society

The Orphan Drug Act worked too well. It didn’t just stimulate development of therapies for rare diseases, it reoriented huge swaths of the industry to the pursuit, all attracted by the high prices and product...
19:20 , Apr 19, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Politics, Policy & Law

Thin U.S. biosimilars market fuels proposals to regulate biologics prices

Frustration over the failure of biosimilars to slash the costs of decades-old biologics has prompted a group of policy analysts to suggest abandoning attempts to copy biologics. Because the sole purpose of biosimilars is to...
14:34 , Mar 14, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Politics, Policy & Law

Love it or hate it, the myopic IPI won’t lower Medicare drug prices

The Trump administration has proposed that the U.S. pay similar prices to what companies charge in Europe, starting with drugs covered under Medicare Part B. The administration figures that pegging U.S. prices to an International...
22:56 , Dec 17, 2018 |  BioCentury  |  Politics, Policy & Law

When drugs can’t go generic: Honoring our end of the contract with 'synthetic genericization'

The biopharma industry’s social contract with society relies on the idea that drugs eventually go generic and thereafter remain inexpensive. When that can’t happen, the contract breaks down - but there are ways to fix...
03:23 , Oct 27, 2018 |  BioCentury  |  Politics, Policy & Law

Trump’s divide and conquer Part B plan

While its rollout was timed to provide Republicans with ammunition in the last-minute run to the mid-term elections, the Trump administration’s proposal to revamp Part B drug payments won’t go into effect until 2020, at...
22:23 , Sep 21, 2018 |  BioCentury  |  Finance

Flying Delta in Japan

That Delta-Fly Pharma Inc. is slated to become only the third biotech to go public on Tokyo Stock Exchange’s Mothers in three years is the latest reminder that tough listing standards are still making it...
02:33 , Jul 21, 2018 |  BioCentury  |  Politics, Policy & Law

Getting serious

HHS Secretary Alex Azar isn’t waiting for the ink to dry on the department’s Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs, or for his staff to digest tens of thousands of pages of...
03:02 , Jun 30, 2018 |  BioCentury  |  Finance

Smitten by SMID-caps

Risk is pervasive heading into the third quarter and choppy waters are expected, but 13 buysiders told BioCentury they’re not afraid to stay the course. A politically charged environment is likely to intensify as the...
21:00 , Jun 7, 2018 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

BrainStorm considering right to try for ALS therapy

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:BCLI) is considering offering NurOwn to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis under the recently enacted federal right-to-try law, BrainStorm President and CEO Chaim Lebovits told BioCentury. He also discussed the company’s plans...
17:39 , Apr 20, 2018 |  BioCentury  |  Finance

Refilling Alexion’s cupboard

The first deal by Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s freshly rebuilt management team serves to amplify its biggest challenge -- it needs many more external assets to break its Soliris eculizumab dependence, and it may not have...