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RA breakthroughs: Will they pay?
Monday, November 16, 1998
When an expensive new product is approved to treat a chronic
disease for which other treatments are relatively cheap, the question becomes
one of whether third party payers will meet the demands of patients and physicians
for the additional clinical benefit that the treatment provides.
Immunex Corp.'s Enbrel etanercept, a soluble receptor targeting
tumor necrosis factor (TNF), is a breakthrough biotechnology treatment for rheumatoid
arthritis (RA). However at roughly $11,400 per year, reimbursement for Enbrel
could determine how widely it is prescribed.
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