Prices Increase for three Dermatological Products
Novum Pharma significantly increased pricing for three of its dermatology creams. In March, 2015 Novum Pharma purchased three medications, Alcortin A gel, Aloquin, and Novacort Gel, all of which are used to treat skin conditions. When Novum Pharma purchased these products the costs was approximately $229. Now, Alcortin A, costs $9,561 for a small 48-gram tube and Aloquin now runs at $9,561 for a 60-gram tube of cream. Both Alcortin A and Aloquin are indicated for dermatitis, skin infection and other such conditions and according to the FDA, these medications are listed as “possibly effective,” which means they may not even work. Novacort is a corticosteroid ointment for skin inflammations, which doesn’t carry any FDA doubts however the cost of this cream increased from $4,186 to $7,142 for a 29-gram tube. These medications have been added to our standard prior authorization list.
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