Payers, patients coming on board for Novartis’ Zolgensma

Novartis reported steady uptake for newly launched gene therapy Zolgensma, with about 40% of lives reimbursed via formal coverage policies and 17 payers signing up for the pharma’s novel pricing arrangement. But payers are resisting requests from patients and physicians to combine the one-time spinal muscular atrophy treatment with Biogen’s Spinraza nusinersen.

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS; SIX:NOVN) launched Zolgensma onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi in May with a price tag of $2.125 million and immediately began offering payers a five-year pay-for-performance

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