As a Result of the Jupiter Trial, 65 Percent of Surveyed MCO Pharmacy Directors Will Reimburse Crestor for Patients with Elevated hsCRP
Percentage of Clinicians Performing hsCRP Testing Will Increase Dramatically Over the Next Six Months, According to a New Report from Decision Resources
The new Physician & Payer Forum report entitled The JUPITER Trial: Will Physicians and Payers Support a Change in Statin Prescribing? finds that 15 percent of surveyed MCO pharmacy directors will grant Crestor more favorable tier status in light of the trial. Crestor is currently on tier one of only 10 percent of surveyed MCO private health plans, while Pfizer’s Lipitor is on tier one of 30 percent of surveyed MCO plans. Additionally, among Medicare prescription drug plans, Crestor has the highest rate of coverage among branded statins.
“Our findings suggest that in response to the JUPITER trial data, many clinicians will start using a statin ahead of diet and exercise changes,” said Decision Resources Analyst
The report finds that, in response to JUPITER trial data, the percentage of clinicians performing hsCRP testing will increase dramatically over the next six months among patients with and without cardiovascular risk factors. Surveyed clinicians anticipate that the percentage of patients with no cardiovascular risk factors tested for elevated hsCRP will increase from 5 percent in
The JUPITER Trial: Will Physicians and Payers Support a Change in Statin Prescribing? is based on a U.S. survey of 71 primary care physicians, 72 cardiologists and 20 MCO pharmacy directors. Their responses were compared to assess similarities and differences of opinion regarding clinical, economic and scientific factors.
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