Cancer, Neurology Drugs Lead 2020 Pharma Pipeline

In its quarterly drug pipeline trends report, OptumRx projected that 2020 will see large numbers of drug approvals for oncology drugs and identified 11 drugs with the potential to be blockbusters in the United States.

OptumRx, which is owned by UnitedHealth Group, sorted the drugs likely to be approved this year into 17 treatment categories. Cancer-treating drugs were by far the most prevalent, with 44 likely approvals. Neurology followed with 29.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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