Following a severe season of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the U.S., several companies have revealed that they have promising vaccine candidates for various patient populations in the late-stage clinical trial pipeline. The FDA could approve some of them as early as this year, for what is estimated to be a market worth more than $10 billion. Currently, only one agent has FDA approval for RSV prevention, and one specialty pharmacy recently shared with AIS Health, a division of MMIT, how it manages that treatment and members taking it.
The CDC estimates that children younger than 5 years old account for more than 57,000 hospitalizations and about 100 to 500 deaths per year. Older adults experience approximately 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths annually, but no FDA-approved treatments indicated for this population are available.