Nov 8, 2023 - Health

First approved postpartum depression pill will cost $15,900

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The first pill approved to treat postpartum depression will be priced at $15,900 for a two-week treatment course, its manufacturer said.

Why it matters: The pricing decision had been a big question mark since the FDA in August approved Sage Therapeutics and Biogen's drug, Zurzuvae, for just postpartum depression and not major depressive disorder.

Context: Sage previously said the pill's price would be under $10,000 if it was also approved for major depressive disorder, which has a much larger patient population.

  • An estimated 500,000 people are affected by postpartum depression each year.
  • The launch price was above RBC Capital's estimate of $11,000, per a note from senior analyst Brian Abrahams.
  • Though Abrahams noted initial uncertainty about the drug's market size and how insurers may cover it, he predicted a modest launch after the drug starts becoming available in December.
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