Payers: Lynparza Coverage Will Be at Parity With Other Second-Line Prostate Cancer Drugs

AstraZeneca and Merck & Co., Inc. released positive results of Lynparza’s Phase III PROfound trial last August. Shortly thereafter, from Sept. 3, 2019, to Oct. 7, 2019, Zitter Insights polled 51 commercial payers with 158.4 million covered lives about how they were likely to manage the therapy.

Commercial payers with 60% of covered lives said they were more likely than unlikely and significantly likely to manage Lynparza at parity with other drugs in the second-line treatment of metastatic castration- resistant prostate cancer (see chart below). The same percentage of payers said they were neither likely nor unlikely to cover it over all other therapies.

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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