Biogen Inc.’s Alzheimer’s drug, the first new treatment for the memory-robbing disease in nearly 20 years, hit new barriers on July 15 with some large hospitals declining to use Aduhelm and health insurers delaying a decision while awaiting coverage terms from Medicare.

AbbVie’s Phase III induction study, U-ACHIEVE, of Rinvoq (upadacitinib) in moderate to severe ulcerative colitis hit the primary endpoint of clinical remission at week 8 and also met all ranked secondary endpoints.

Over the past five years, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review pressured drugmakers to lower the cost of nearly 100 drugs. ICER aims to play a similar role with emerging Covid-19 treatments and vaccines.

EVERSANA announced a partnership with the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) to advance standards for the usage of transparent, replicable and robust indirect treatment comparisons in health technology assessments.

Sickle cell disease drugs made by Novartis and Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) may not be cost effective at current prices, a draft report published on Friday suggested, widening the debate over U.S. healthcare affordability.

A U.S. group that reviews the value of medicines issued a critical report on Novartis’ Mayzent, calling the new multiple sclerosis drug’s $88,561 list price “far out of line” compared with the product’s benefits for patients.

Pharma companies may not like their products being the subject of ICER reports, but they can provide a jumping-off point for manufacturers to expand the conversation of the value of new medicines in the rare disease area.

Biogen Inc.’s Spinraza treatment for spinal muscular atrophy and Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG’s experimental gene therapy are both expensive, but the gene therapy could be more cost effective once more is known about its U.S. price and long-term success rates, a preliminary report from an independent U.S. nonprofit organization said.

Battle lines are being drawn as the first gene therapy for an inherited condition nears the U.S. market, offering hope for people with a rare form of blindness and creating a cost dilemma for healthcare providers.