Is Tesaro playing a pricing game with Zejula? Not at all, says the CEO. And here's why
A few weeks after the FDA approved Zejula (niraparib), Tesaro’s new PARP inhibitor for recurrent ovarian cancer, the biotech got around to naming the wholesale list price. And that is:
$9,833 for a one-month supply of Zejula at a dose of 200 milligrams once per day.
Why did they pick 200 mg? Because, they said, that’s what the most commonly used dose was in Phase III.
But hold on. The approved starting dose of the drug is 300 mg a day. And if you use simple math the price for that would be $14,749.50 a month. A year’s supply would be $176,994.
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