September 29, 2017

This month, Nevada's SB 539, a recently passed bill that requires transparency for diabetes drugs and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), passed its first threshold.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PCMA), the drug industry's main lobbying group,...

September 27, 2017

The Trump administration has recently been quiet on the issue of high drug prices. However, back in March 2017 Trump criticized the cost of medicine in America, calling it "outrageous." He then said the reason for the lack of progress on reducing drug prices was campai...

September 27, 2017

Yesterday afternoon Senate Republicans announced that the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would repeal the Affordable Care Act and make sweeping cuts to Medicaid, would not be brought up for a vote. Senators John McCain, Susan Collins, and Rand Paul all oppose the bill, so...

September 25, 2017

Big Pharma’s creativity is impressive, but unfortunately it often doesn’t help consumers. Sometime big drug companies create helpful new drugs, but their creativity more often take the form of finding new loopholes and legal devices to stifle competition and keep inexp...

September 25, 2017

Americans are angry about high drug prices and strongly support measures to reduce them and promote access to affordable medicine. But on Capitol Hill, little progress has been made over the last several months, despite the issue’s popularity. Why has Congress failed t...

September 22, 2017

Over the last generation, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have assumed greater and greater roles in our prescription drug system. Originally they were merely supposed to manage drug benefits, but now they manage pharmacy benefit plans, negotiate with drug companies, a...

September 21, 2017

Today most pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), despite their assurances, contribute to higher costs in the drug supply chain. Some PBMs have transformed themselves into giant organizations that are well-organized and lobby policymakers to protect their interests, and fig...

September 19, 2017

There they go again. Senate Republicans are trying one last ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The latest version is called the Graham-Cassidy bill, and Senator McConnell is attempting to push it through before September 30th, when their power to pass hea...