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Reality Check on Merkel Cell Carcinoma


Market access for Merkel cell carcinoma treatments reveals differences in payer coverage across each major channel, as well as specific trends in the drug landscape.  

To help make sense of this new research, MMIT's team of experts has analyzed the data for you and summarized the key findings:

  • Payer Insights: Under the pharmacy benefit, about 27% of the lives under commercial formularies are covered with utilization management restrictions
  • Class Trends: In December 2018, the FDA gave accelerated approval to Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for use in adult and pediatric patients with recurrent locally advanced or metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma
  • Key Findings: Coverage may require pre-authorization or a retrospective review to determine if the physician followed the payer's medical policy. Currently, all drugs process primarily through the medical benefit, but they may process through the pharmacy benefit depending on the site of care  

What can pharma do to curb this trend and overcome these challenges?

Get the data behind this change and how it could impact your market access plans from MMIT's team. Their clinical and policy backgrounds provide a unique and expert perspective to help expand your knowledge in the class and guide your decision-making process.

Download the full Reality Check now.

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