Auryxia is currently being prescribed at DVA for CKD stage 4, pre dialysis patients dealing with anemia. It will also eliminate the need for IV Iron, the predominate and very expense way of receiving the treatment. As it was explained to me, taking the iron supplements by mouth is not well tolerated. Auryxia builds iron stores, just like the FDA said it does on the label. Good label after all.
It was the second in service they had about Auryxia. The first was serveral months ago. Now that the insurance questions have been resolved, its a go. Shuld be very nice for Davita's bottom line. There Rx Dept is very profitable.
I agree that Baupost is in control. There is still no substitute for sales. If the scripts were good, this present scenario would not play out. My wife is an Rx manager at one of Davita's centers. No scripts have been written. most of the patients are on some sort of subsistence. Until Kerx secures total coverage from medicare and medicaid, were screwed. Privately insured patients are a very small group. EU approval is a big deal; everybody is covered.
My wife is a Davita Rx Mgr at one of their dialysis center. Zero scripts to date. They had a inservice about Auryxia months ago, but no scripts.
Tier 3 is not where we need to be. Tier 2 is what the insurance companies want to pay for. Unless you are willing to pay higher a higher copay.