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Deutsche downplays alleged "price war" for Gilead, AbbVie HCV drugs

  • "The biggest U.S. drug benefits manager plans to start a price war over a new generation of hepatitis C treatments that will cost $1,000 a pill, in a bid to drive down spending on the medicines," Bloomberg said Tuesday, tying comments made by Express Scripts (ESRX -0.5%) CMO Steven Miller to pricing for Gilead's (GILD -2.1%) sofosbuvir and upcoming HCV treatments from AbbVie (ABBV +1.2%).
  • Deutsche's Robyn Karnauskas thinks the comments might have been taken out of context given that "the CMO did not mention GILD or any other company/drug."
  • Other takeaways from Deutsche's conversation with ESRX: The company says it "spoke about various formulary changes and [while] HCV might be one of them, this is not something new [as it] works on formularies everyday."
  • Also: ESRX says it does not "comment on drug/companies specifically. For Gilead drug, the internal committee still has to vote."
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