Money and the Drug Aducanumab


By Health Care Renewal


Aducanumab, sold under the brand name Aduhelm, is a medication designed to treat Alzheimer’s disease. It is an amyloid beta-directed monoclonal antibody that targets aggregated forms of amyloid beta found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease to reduce its buildup.



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  1. Specialty Drugs Accounted For 51.4% of The Net Cost in Medicaid

    A recent report by Magellan Health “The Magellan Rx Management Medicaid Pharmacy Trend Report” includes data from Magellan Rx’s Medicaid FFS pharmacy programs in 25 states and the District of Columbia. The material is reviewed and supported by a team of Magellan Rx experts with broad national expertise, including 369 years of combined pharmacy benefit administration (PBA) experience. The report found:

    • In 2020, specialty drugs accounted for 51.4% of the net cost in Medicaid, a trend predicted for the last five years. A constant imbalance in spend, specialty drugs only accounted for 1.3% of utilization.
    • 2020 traditional net cost trend for Medicaid FFS was positive for the first time in five years with the introduction of new-to-market drugs.
    • Medicaid FFS top drug classes remained almost identical to previous years – with HIV/AIDS and antipsychotics accounting for more than 19.8% of the total net drug spend.
    • With a steady increase in pipeline drugs, most key conditions will experience increased trend over the next three years. Comparatively, conditions with generic drug introductions or specialized management strategies will see a decrease.

    Source: Magellan Health via BusinessWire, November 15, 2021


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