Aug 11, 2021 - Health

VA won't cover Biogen's Alzheimer's drug

A blue and red sign in front of a VA hospital that informs people locations of different departments.

The VA hospital in Phoenix. Photo: Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Department of Veterans Affairs has excluded Aduhelm, the $56,000-per-year Alzheimer's drug made by Biogen and Eisai, from its list of approved drugs due to the drug's "lack of evidence of a robust and meaningful clinical benefit and the known safety signal," Endpoints News reports.

Why it matters: Some hospitals and health insurers have said they will not provide or cover Aduhelm, but the VA is the largest entity yet to spurn the drug.

Between the lines: The VA recommends against using Aduhelm for veterans, but will make exceptions for "highly selected patients" before covering the drug, STAT notes.

  • Medicare's coverage decision is the most important, but that won't come until next year.
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