March 29, 2017

American Prospect has published an article for its spring issue that delves deep into the hidden practices of PBMs. "The Hidden Monopolies that Raise Drug Prices," by David Dayen, begins from the perspective of an independent pharmacist. Most patients who use independe...

March 24, 2017

A judge presiding over Anthem's merger appeal called attention to the brief filed by our law office and signed by major consumer groups and others. The brief was cited to call into question Anthem's claims about pro-consumer efficiencies that would allegedly result fro...

March 23, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, 416 to 7. The bill, sponsored by Congressman Gosar of Arizona, was supported by The Coalition to Protect Patient Choice. David Balto testified in favor of the bill before...

March 22, 2017

The House committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing today on REMS, a regulatory tool that has been co-opted by brand name pharmaceutical companies to thwart generic competition. According to the committee's website, the purpose of the hearing was: 

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March 17, 2017

Today, major consumer groups filed an amicus brief in Anthem's appeal of its merger with Cigna, which was blocked by the D.C. District Court last month. The amicus, organized by The CPPC, argues that the original ruling blocking the merger was correct given the overwhe...

March 9, 2017

Congressman Elijah Cummings and President Donald Trump reportedly met to discuss drug prices yesterday, after an interesting back-and-forth between the two men, in which Trump accused Cummings of not taking his calls. Cummings insisted the White House had not called an...

March 8, 2017

Over the past several weeks, a public feud has been playing out in drug-policy-wonk-world. It's over whether Pharmacy Benefit Managers, middlemen in the drug supply channel, help or hurt drug prices in general. We have written extensively on this subject and believe PB...

March 8, 2017

The House Republican Obamacare replacement plan was finally revealed on Tuesday, and after years of promising The American People something better, we can now say with certainty that was mostly empty rhetoric. The GOP answer to healthcare, now known as the American Hea...