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Abuse-Deterrent Formulations of Purdue's OxyContin and Endo Pharmaceuticals' Opana ER Have Not Increased PCPs' Comfort When Prescribing These Products for Chronic Pain
Date:7/16/2013

pain specialists who do not expect to prescribe tanezumab cite the high expected cost of the drug for the patient as a reason that they would be unwilling to prescribe the drug. As a biologic therapy, tanezumab is expected to be priced at a considerable premium over traditional oral analgesics.

"Although the responses of surveyed physicians suggest that efficacy and safety/tolerability are the most important factors influencing treatment decisions for chronic pain, these physicians anticipate that patient out-of-pocket costs and reimbursement constraints will directly influence their prescribing of emerging chronic pain therapies," said Decision Resources Principal Business Insights Analyst Natalie Taylor, Ph.D. "Even if an emerging therapy demonstrates significantly greater efficacy than the current standard of care for reducing pain, we find that both surveyed PCPs and pain specialists consistently assign lower anticipated patient shares to emerging therapies if the agents were to be covered by MCOs as non-preferred brands. However, emerging therapies that lower the overall long-term costs of treating chronic pain conditions may potentially secure more favorable reimbursement status from MCOs."

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