Coherus Reveals New Pricing Strategy for Its Humira Biosimilar

One manufacturer recently revealed that it would launch its biosimilar of AbbVie Inc.’s Humira (adalimumab) at a huge discount not seen before in the U.S. While it almost certainly will be able to get some uptake in a market that’s about to become highly competitive, commercial payers who favor high list price/high rebate therapies are likely to not cover the agent, say industry experts.

On June 1, Coherus BioSciences, Inc. revealed that it would launch Yusimry (adalimumab-aqvh) in July with a list price of $995 per carton — an 85% discount off reference drug Humira’s (adalimumab) $6,922 price tag. The tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor, first approved Dec. 17, 2021, is a low concentration, citrate-free version of Humira, and it has approval for most of the reference drug’s indications: (1) adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis, (2) people at least 2 years old with moderately to severely active juvenile idiopathic arthritis, (3) adults with active psoriatic arthritis, (4) adults with active ankylosing spondylitis, (5) people at least 6 years old with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease, (6) adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis, (7) adults with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy and when other systemic therapies are medically less appropriate, and (8) adults with moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa.

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Angela Maas

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. She also has written for Spotlight on Market Access since its 2017 launch. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at Hem Aware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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