Another noteworthy approval this month is Amgen-Novartis’s Aimovig (erenumab), for migraine. This is the first FDA approved drug for preventive migraine treatment and comes under new class of drugs which disables activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide responsible for migraine attacks. This self-administered drug is used in conjunction with Amgen’s Sure Click auto injector once a month as a part of the treatment with pricing of $575 for 70 or 140 mg single-use prefilled Sure Click auto injector once a month, or $6,900 annually. The QALY for the drug has been 2.5 days improvement over current standard of care, with a small population of super-responders showing a much significant improvement with complete migraine elimination.
The Position Paper, released on First One Health India Summit, discusses ‘One Health’ in the Indian context and key themes that call for attention – The Peril of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Rise of Zoonotic Diseases, State of Vaccination and Surveillance, Imminent Need to preserve Food Safety.
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In the quest to go beyond generics, the Indian pharma industry has actively embraced opportunities in novel drug delivery systems and biosimilars and is now poised to march towards indigenous development of novel chemical and biological entities. A strong foundation is already in place, with innovative molecules pursued across indomitable industry players, leading CROs and several ventures in the vibrant start-up ecosystem. However, for this aspiration to be accomplished in a rapidly evolving global context, it is essential we urgently bridge current gaps in the ecosystem and catalyze a leapfrogging of momentum and targeted investments.
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