Orphan Drug Prices Facing Increased Scrutiny

January 20, 2015
Applied Clinical Trials Editorial Staff

Applied Clinical Trials

With the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving an all-time record number of orphan drugs during 2014, the pricing of these treatments is set to come under increased scrutiny.

Research and consulting firm GlobalData says the FDA approved an all-time record number of 17 orphan drugs during 2014. This out of the total of 41 new molecular entities approved by the FDA last year. The report from GlobalData further stated that while the rare disease sector may appear to be increasingly lucrative for pharmaceutical companies, some orphan drug prices have recently reached new unprecedented levels and their affordability has become a significant issue for payers.

 

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