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Payor Re-Evaluation On Exondys Positive For Sarepta

Payor Re-Evaluation On Exondys Positive For Sarepta
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Cowen sees positive trends over payor evaluation and re-evaluation of Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT)’s Exondys 51, which was approved in last September for the treatment Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Encouraging Trends

Analyst Ritu Baral noted that checks show that payor discussions are continuing regarding Exondys 51 with manageable, increasingly positive feedback.

Anthem's policy states that the use of Exondys 51 is considered investigational and not medically necessary for all indications, including but not limited to the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Cowen said based on Anthem’s February Specialty Pharmacy Medical Management Prior Authorization Drug List, it appears Anthem will add Exondys 51 to its prior authorization list as of May 1.

“We think this is encouraging and indicative of the evolving payor landscape surrounding Exondys 51 and more broadly, DMD,” Baral wrote in a note.

“Anthem's pick-up, together with those such as UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE: UNH), which started coverage on Feb. 1, support the idea of accelerating new patient starts, suggested by SRPT last week at our Healthcare Conference,” Baral continued.

Denials Persist, But Unlikely To be Permanent

That said, Baral added that coverage discussions appear to be ongoing and amenable patients are still experiencing denials.

However, the analyst highlighted that many key opinion leaders (KOLs) believe that the benefit of the drug may extend well past loss of ambulation, potentially improving respiratory and upper limb strength as well as functional activities of daily living.

At last check, shares of Sarepta fell 2.66 percent to $31.86. Baral has an Outperform rating on the stock, with a price target of $62.

Latest Ratings for SRPT

Mar 2018Morgan StanleyDowngradesOverweightEqual-Weight
Mar 2018JP MorganMaintainsOverweightOverweight
Mar 2018Credit SuisseMaintainsOutperformOutperform

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