The FDA has several drugs with PDUFA Dates in March. One was approved earlier this week and six more have PDUFA Dates coming up in the coming days.
On March 5, 2019 the FDA approved esketamine nasal spray, in conjunction with an oral antidepressant, for the treatment of resistant depression. The labeling for esketamine nasal spray contains a Boxed Warning describing a risk for sedation and difficulty with attention, judgment and thinking (dissociation), abuse and misuse, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The drug is only available through a restricted distribution system, under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). Esketamine must be administered in a certified medical office where the health care provider can monitor the patient for a minimum of 2 hours and determine when the patient can leave. The patient also needs transportation to and from the visit for a dose because they are unable to drive until the day after a dose. Since the patient cannot take the spray home, the treatment sites will need to determine where patients will wait during the monitoring period and coordinate patient visit to avoid a slowdown in office workflow. WAC for esketamine nasal spray is $590 to $885 per treatment session. The drug is dosed twice a week for the initial 4 weeks, so the monthly cost will be $4,720 to $6,785. Esketamine nasal spray is dosed once weekly during the second month ($2,360 to $3,540). In the third month the patient may continue weekly dosing or have their dosing further reduced to every other week, so the WAC price for maintenance dosing is $1,180 to $3,540.
Drug with upcoming PDUFA Dates in March
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