May 31, 2017

Pharmacists, health insurance companies, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and pharmaceutical companies are all pointing fingers at one another over drug prices. Each party says they are behaving ethically and that the other actors in the supply chain are the ones resp...

May 30, 2017

Anger and frustration about high drug prices have been mounting over the last few months, to the point where legislators are rushing to propose solutions, afraid they will be left out. The New York Times wrote up a helpful summary of some of the most important proposal...

May 26, 2017

State lawmakers recognize the problems posed by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and that they are contributing to drug prices, and they have been busy. On Wednesday the Connecticut State Senate unanimously passed S.B. 445, a bill intended to protect consumers from sec...

May 24, 2017

This fall Ohio will be voting on a very special ballot measure: the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act. This initiative would require the state and associate programs to pay no more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays, a substantial discoun...

May 24, 2017

Increasing prescription drug prices are affecting not just individual consumers but also federal and state governments. Rising costs mean that paying for prescription drugs takes up a larger share of the government’s health care budget, and this trend shows no sign of...

May 19, 2017

A number of important bills to reduce drug prices are working their way through Congress. But they are not the only way to ease this crisis and help millions of Americans. This week Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John McCain (R-AZ), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a let...

May 16, 2017

This afternoon a number of consumer groups sent a letter in support of Senator Amy Klobuchar’s bill S.41, the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2017. Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Watchdog, Consumer Action, and U.S. PIRG all declared th...

May 12, 2017

It is a truth universally acknowledged that prescription drug prices in the United States of America are far too high. President Trump promised to take action to reduce drug costs, but he has yet to reveal concrete policy proposals. Legislators have introduced several...

May 10, 2017

The prescription drug crisis will only be solved by substantive reforms that reduce drug costs, reform the health care system, and hold companies accountable. Yesterday Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) announced it was unveiling a plan to low...

May 4, 2017

Over the past two decades, Americans have been paying more and more for prescription drugs, to the point where many people cannot pay for the medicine they need to have a decent quality of life. This week, we look at one example: a man named Tom Pattison from Willoughb...

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