• Designing Gene Therapy Trials For Access: What Payers & Health Systems Want To See

    Gene therapy may be the next revolution in healthcare. The opportunity to cure diseases through the modification of the genome was once considered science fiction, but no longer. The United States has seen a few approvals in this area, including the approval of voretigene neparvovec for a rare form of blindness. In addition, CAR-T agents, two of which are available, have demonstrated alternative ways to treat disease by manipulating genes of different cells.

  • Can ICER Help Design Clinical Trials But Stay Independent?

    According to a report, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is considering offering a service, for a fee, to pharmaceutical manufacturers whereby ICER would provide guidance on clinical trial design.

  • Designing Clinical Trials With The Payer In Mind

    Imagine your company just received FDA approval of a new pharmaceutical, the result of years of clinical research and difficult regulatory scrutiny. The product is being manufactured and is shipping to distributors and wholesalers. Providers and patient advocacy groups seem excited for the launch, and sales goals are considered aggressive. However, one key variable remains: coverage.

  • Adapting Clinical Trials For The Upcoming Oncology Value Wave

    In 2015, an estimated  $107 billion was spent globally on oncology therapeutics, a year-over-year increase of 11.5 percent. Drug spend reports from leading U.S. pharmacy benefit managers and payers found similar trends in 2016. 


Jeremy Schafer

Jeremy Schafer, Pharm.D., MBA, is senior VP of specialty solutions at Precision for Value. In this role, he is responsible for enterprise leadership on specialty strategy across the payer team organization and integration with other enterprise groups, including health economics and outcomes research, provider marketing, access and analytics, and media outreach. He has more than 10 years of experience in specialty pharmacy programs and networks, pharmacy and therapeutics committee processes and review, fee schedule management, and pharmacy benefit migration. Before joining Precision, Schafer served as a corporate account manager for Grifols. He also spent over seven years at Prime Therapeutics, where he held a variety of leadership roles in formulary, utilization management, and specialty pharmacy.