December 17, 2019

Yesterday, December 16th, a number of consumer groups and unions submitted a letter in support of H.R. 5304, a bill to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and lower drug prices. They urged that the proposal be included in the end of year spending bills and passed...

December 13, 2019

Yesterday, on Thursday, December 12th, the House of Representatives passed HR 3, Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill to lower prescription drug prices by giving Medicare the power to negotiate with drug companies.

The bill passed by 230 to 192 along with party lines, with almos...

December 10, 2019

This morning, the Bipartisan Policy Center held a forum called "Examining Pharmaceutical Patent Practices & Their Impact on Drug Prices." Over a two hour session, administrative officials and experts examined patents, exploitation of loopholes by drug companies, and ho...

December 4, 2019

Recently the Massachusetts Senate, spurred by rising drug prices and federal inaction, passed a sweeping bill to reduce prescription drug costs. The vote was 40-0. Among other things, the bill requires the Massachusetts Division of Insurance to license and regulate pha...

November 18, 2019

Last Friday, November 15th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its approval of the merger of the two drug companies Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene, on the condition that they sell Celgene's drug Otelza, which is used to treat psoriasis, a chronic skin disea...

November 17, 2019

This year many state legislatures have enacted laws to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and require increased transparency and accountability from them. However, the PBMs have fought back in court. The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), the tra...

November 14, 2019

The Kaiser Family Foundation just released their 2019 Employer Health Benefits Survey, and it contains disturbing news. It concludes that new employer benefit designs are increasingly exposing consumers to the list prices of their drugs, and that they are paying much h...

November 13, 2019

This morning, Axios held a forum in downtown Washington D.C. and prescription drug costs and the latest legislation. During the hour long session, Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Health and Human Services Secretary A...

November 9, 2019

A lot of prescription drug research, development, and innovation is funded by taxpayers through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal programs. But all too often, the federal government does the hard work, and then companies exploit monopolies to ch...

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