Leerink discusses discrepancy between Sarepta revenue, start forms
Leerink analyst Joseph Schwartz says that for Sarepta Therapeutics to meet the Q4 revenue estimate of $6.0M, he anticipated a greater than 200 start form number. The company, however, reported $5.4M in sales despite a start form number of over 250. The discrepancy between start forms and the revenue miss could be due to several factors, including the translatability of start forms to reimbursed written prescriptions and patient demographics, Schwartz tells investors in a research note. Continued push-back from payors that limit reimbursement could render the start form number inaccurate, he contends. The analyst views today's numbers from Sarepta as "encouraging," but sees room for improvement. Schwartz keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.