Pipeline Boasts First-in-Class Entries, Drugs in Crowded Areas

More and more of the pharma pipeline consists of specialty drugs. Going forward in 2020, areas that may see a lot of activity include biosimilars, orphan drugs and gene therapies, as well as potentially the first FDA-approved drug for Alzheimer’s and the first for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

More orphan drugs are expected to launch this year, continuing a trend examined in an issue brief by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) released in August 2019. Researchers found that 10% of all drug approvals in 1998 were orphan products, but by 2017, that percentage had risen to 44%.

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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