Prime Studies Show High Costs Among Asthma, HAE Biologics

Prime Therapeutics LLC recently released the results of two studies focused on two classes of high-cost biologics, asthma and hereditary angioedema (HAE). Both conditions have seen new therapies recently and may be candidates for value-based contracts.

While more than 25 million people in the United States suffer from asthma, about 5% to 10% of those suffer from severe allergic or eosinophilic asthma. While asthma overall has a societal cost of around $56 billion, those patients account for almost 50% of that cost. Global Initiative for Asthma 2019 guidelines recommend an asthma biologic for this subset of patients, and the first Prime study examined the use of five biologics: Cinqair (reslizumab), Dupixent (dupilumab), Fasenra (benralizumab), Nucala (mepolizumab) and Xolair (omalizumab).

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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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