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Novartis recently discovered a drug it sells for rare inflammatory disorders could be used to treat a more common ailment, but there’s a problem: the $16,000-per-dose price tag, The Wall Street Journal says. Sold as Ilaris, a recent clinical trial suggests it can reduce the risk of serious complications in heart attack patients. But if it wins regulatory approval, Novartis would have to drastically cut its price to make it competitive with other cardiovascular drugs.
If I were consulting Novartis I would urge them to do a head to head comparison trial on Ilaris up and running ASAP. If the NVS drug shows superiority then go ahead and charge their $16,000 per dose
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