Opinion: CMS needs to do FDA’s job and limit the use of Biogen’s pricey new Alzheimer’s drug
Now that the FDA has approved Biogen’s expensive new Alzheimer’s drug with little clinical benefit potential, but plenty of potential to speed the bankruptcy of the government’s health care program for seniors, it’ll be up to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to limit payment for it and drive the conversation on access.
While such access decisions are normally reserved for the FDA, the agency abdicated its responsibility because of the wide label and because it’s allowing Biogen to take almost a decade to figure out if aducanumab actually works.
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