U.S. lawmakers to investigate approval, pricing of Alzheimer's drug from Biogen By Reuters

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(Reuters) -U.S. legislators on Friday introduced an examination right into the authorization and also rates of Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:)’s Alzheimer’s medicine, Aduhelm, in the middle of worries over its high rate and also questions if the professional proof confirms the medicine jobs.

The medicine, which has a market price of $56,000 each year, was authorized by the U.S. regulatory authorities as the very first therapy to assault a most likely reason for Alzheimer’s on June 7.

“We have serious concerns about the steep price of Biogen’s new Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm and the process that led to its approval despite questions about the drug’s clinical benefit,” House Committee on Oversight and also Reform claimed in a declaration.

The examination has actually been introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and also Reform, and also Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Energy and also Commerce.

Biogen claimed it will certainly “of course cooperate with any inquiry we may receive from these committees,” in feedback to a Reuters ask for remark.

At $56,000 a year, the Kaiser Family Foundation approximates that Medicare can invest $57 billion or even more each year on Aduhelm, which is greater than Medicare Part B invests in all various other medicines incorporated, the House Committee claimed.

Health insurance companies and also the Medicare program will certainly birth the majority of the expense of the medicine, whose rate will certainly differ based upon dose and also price cuts.

The Food and also Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the medicine – in spite of solid argument from its very own professional advising panel – for all clients with Alzheimer’s, although it has actually just been examined for clients in the beginning of the condition.

Three of the 11 participants of FDA’s independent advising panel have actually surrendered in objection over the firm’s choice.

Shares of the drugmaker were down almost 1% in after-market trading.

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