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Drug Prices

A New App Could Help You Get Cheaper Medicine

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 02.12.2016 | Technology

Amid an ongoing national debate over high drug prices, Blink Health hopes to drastically reduce what people pay for generic prescription medicat...

Ghostface Killah Just Went Full Blast On 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business

Wu-Tang Clan rapper Dennis "Ghostface Killah" Coles is officially in a beef with Martin Shkreli, but he's blasting the former pharmaceutical executiv...

Pharma Bro Emails Reveal Just How Greedy Drug Companies Can Be

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business

"$1bn here we come." That was the triumphant message sent by then-Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, the infamous "Pharma Bro" who jacked up ...

What the Presidential Candidates Get Wrong About Drug Prices

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Advocating government price controls would be a surprising position for a Republican, even one as thin and ungrounded on policy issues as Mr. Trump. But even restricting the proposal to calling for government negotiations is poor policy.

Pharmaceutical Companies Drive the Heroin Epidemic

Alex Lawson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Alex Lawson

The pharmaceutical industry push for reckless pill popping has had tragic consequences for millions of American families. Many of the patients prescribed OxyContin and similar pills have ended up dependent on and ultimately addicted to the drugs

Holding Drug Companies Accountable for Drug Prices

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2016 | Business
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.

Look at how pharmaceutical companies actually spend their money. Contrary to what they claim, research does not dominate. Rather, more of the money goes toward funding marketing budgets and realizing profits.

Health Care in 2016: Now What?

William Pierce | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
William Pierce

While no significant legislation will pass because it is a presidential election year, a feel-good bill or two might. However, the debate in 2016 is important as it will shape what happens in 2017 where the real action will happen.

What's Behind Skyrocketing Drug Prices

Bill George | Posted 12.24.2015 | Business
Bill George

The pharmaceutical industry's rationale that it needs high prices to afford the research has been turned on its head by Valeant's business model of spending less than 3 percent on research & development (R&D) and paying less than 3 percent in taxes.

The 'Market' Has Epically Failed On Pharmaceutical Drugs. Time For Government To Act

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The Senate has held hearings. That and five bucks gets us a cup of coffee. What we need now is smart, tough, and comprehensive action by our government, on this and a whole host of issues. What we need to do is get organized, get involved, and get progressives in power. Now.

President Obama's Forum: High Theater on High Drug Prices

Dean Baker | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The Obama administration is sponsoring a forum this week on the problem of high drug prices. The purpose is presumably to express concern about a rapidly growing problem for both people in the United States and around the world. But the reasons for skepticism are obvious.

Old Drugs, New Prices: Why Drug Prices Spike and What Patients Can Do About It

Joshua Liao | Posted 11.13.2015 | Business
Joshua Liao

The public outcry and political scrutiny over the pricing policies of drug companies Valeant and Turing has amplified the national debate over high specialty drug costs.

Expert Panel Pushes Back On 'Outrageous' Prescription Drug Prices

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living

A panel of medical experts said on Friday the prices of prescription medicines in the United States need to be brought in line with the value they br...

Americans Pay More For Drugs Than Anyone In The World

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. prices for the world's 20 top-selling medicines are, on average, three times higher than in Britain, accordi...

What's the Big Deal About Drug Prices?

David Blumenthal | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Why all the uproar about drug prices? People feel differently about drugs, and many other health care products than they do about other things that get bought and sold. And it's precisely this attitude that has made many governmental health care programs so complicated.

Does It Really Cost 2.6 Billion to Fund a New Drug?

Jacqueline Dooley | Posted 10.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Dooley

Pharmaceutical companies had a chance to be part of the solution -- they could have innovated amazing cures. They could have worked to solve major health care crises and earned a place of honor among the world's greatest problem solvers. Instead they chose profit over humanity.

The Volkswagen Cheating Scandal Reveals the True Nature of Capitalism

Cody Cain | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

This problem will not be fixed by slapping a big fine on Volkswagen. The problem is bigger than that. The problem lies with the system itself. We must decide whether our system should serve the interests of people, or profits. Right now, profits are winning.

The Real Story Behind a $750 Pill -- and How You Can Get It for $6

Tod Cooperman, M.D. | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Tod Cooperman, M.D.

While pharmaceutical companies take advantage of the lower cost of goods and services all over the globe, U.S. consumers seeking medicine cannot -- at least not legally.

How Much Did Medicaid Programs Spend on Sovaldi in 2014?

Joshua Liao | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Joshua Liao

It is important to remember that Daraprim is not the first or only drug in recent years to cause concern among physicians, policymakers, patients and the public.

Drug-Price Gouging Hedge Fund Guy May Be Even Worse Than You Thought, SEC Documents Show

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business

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What You Need To Know About Hillary Clinton's Plan For Soaring Drug Prices

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will outline a set of policies Tuesday she says will help make prescription drugs mor...

Americans Don't Like Pharma And Think They're Getting Ripped Off

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans use prescription drugs and they know these medicines help people, but they still don't care much for pharmaceutical companies ...

Doctors Say Cancer Drug Prices Unaffordable

Diane Archer | Posted 08.04.2015 | Fifty
Diane Archer

One in three Americans will have some form of cancer. And, even with insurance, they typically will end up bearing 20 to 30 percent of the cost of their cancer drugs. Insurers have no ability to rein in prices so insurers simply shift more drug costs to their members.

Another Argument From Obamacare Critics Is Starting To Crumble

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

Millions of additional people now have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But does that mean Americans actually have better access t...

6 Ways To Keep Drug Costs Down If You Have Medicare

Diane Archer | Posted 06.22.2015 | Fifty
Diane Archer

Many people with Medicare find that they are paying a hefty amount for their drugs, even with prescription drug coverage. Drug companies have considerable power to set high prices for many drugs. Here are tips for keeping your costs down.

Zach Carter

Obama Has Been Fighting Doctors Without Borders For Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's a little unusual to see the Obama administration singing the praises of Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nonp...