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Herzuma (trastuzumab-pkrb) launched on March 16, bringing the total number of Herceptin (trastuzumab) biosimilars to four. Herzuma, from Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., a U.S. affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., and Celltrion Healthcare Co., Ltd., is approved for all the indications of its reference product, which is from Genentech USA, Inc., a Roche Group company. Herzuma’s wholesale acquisition cost for a 150 mg vial is $1,402.50, while a 420 mg vial is $3,927, both 10% less than Herceptin’s WAC. Visit www.herzuma.com.

Prime Therapeutics LLC launched its PreserveRx gene therapy reinsurance solution on April 6. The company is working with BCS Insurance Co., a subsidiary of BCS Financial Corp., on the product, which will give Blues plans financial protection for five gene therapies: the already-available $850,000 per person one-time therapy Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl) and $2.1 million PP one-time therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi), as well as valoctocogene roxaparvovec (valrox), LentiGlobin and GT-AADC, three products expected to gain FDA approval this year. PreserveRx also has a clinical services component that will help forecast the products’ financial impact and potential use and ensure appropriate utilization. Contact Jenine Anderson at Jenine.Anderson@primetherapeutics.com.

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (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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