Xtandi Petition Will Give Biden Administration Chance To Weigh In On Pricing, March-In Rights
Prostate cancer patients press HHS for administrative hearing on march-in rights for patents covering Astellas’ Xtandi. While previous efforts have failed, petitioners believe they may have a shot this time around given Biden Administration and HHS Secretary Becerra’s views on the issue.
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The Biden administration decision not to pursue ‘march in’ proceedings for Pfizer/Astellas’ Xtandi sounds like good news. The reality is that the prostate cancer therapy is likely to face a more certain federal pricing intervention in the first year of the new Medicare ‘negotiation’ process.
Market availability of Xtandi, not its cost, is the issue, NIH says in denying petition for government to invoke march-in rights to patents on the prostate cancer drug. But Biden administration makes two other same-day moves that could leave march-in advocates with some hope.
In drug pricing move, Public Citizen and others petition HHS Secretary Becerra to use government authorities to get generic versions of six drugs on the market before patent expiration.