World Market for Prescription Arthritis Treatments21 Dec 2011 • by Natalie Aster
One of the biggest problems facing insurance reimbursement of rheumatoid arthritis is the growing use of biologics as a primary treatment method. Biopharmaceuticals are most commonly defined as drugs that are produced through biological processes that structurally mimic compounds within the body. These include recombinant proteins, monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies, peptides, antisense oligonucleotides, and therapeutic genes —all requiring far more complex administration, distribution, and reimbursement methodologies than conventional oral medications.
According to the report "World Market for Prescription Arthritis Treatments" by Kalorama Informationl Ltd most biologics fall into the category of specialty pharmaceuticals, which are premium-priced infused or injected drugs that require special handling and are indicated primarily for long-term and/or life-threatening diseases. Typically, there is a high unmet need for specialty pharmaceuticals.
World Market for Prescription Arthritis Treatments
Published: November 2011
Price: US$ 3,500.00
As payers struggle to realign their policies and procedures to accommodate the influx of these expensive high-tech drugs, health plans are increasingly turning to specialty pharmacy providers to manage the acquisition.
More information can be found in the report “World Market for Prescription Arthritis Treatments” by Kalorama Information.
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