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Drug Prices

Drugmakers Give Big Money To Docs, Get Higher Drug Prices, More Opioids

Jamie Court | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

If you wonder why doctors are not mobilizing against the opioid epidemic, or the ridiculously high price of prescription drugs, just look at this statistic: drug and medical-device makers made payments of more than a quarter of a billion dollars in 2015 to California doctors.

Taxpayers Funded A Lifesaving Drug And Guess What Happened Next

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Our nation pays - by far - the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. As a result of these prices, nearly one in five Americans cannot afford to fill their prescriptions. At what point do we say our tax system, our publicly funded research and our patent system are not serving the public interest?

Priced Out Of Dying In California

Ravi Parikh | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Ravi Parikh

On June 9th, 2016, California became the latest state to allow physician-assisted suicide. For all of the recent debate over legalizing physician-assisted suicide, one point often fails to be mentioned: Americans who choose to take lethal drugs will be unable to afford it.

The Secret Washington Battle Determining Drug Prices

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.

Part B drug payment policy. Boring. Obscure. But an ongoing battle over these policies will affect you -- especially what you pay for drugs.

Denying Medicaid Patients Access to Hep C Treatments is Wrong and Illegal

Elizabeth G. Taylor | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth G. Taylor

Drug companies must be held accountable to ensure that treatment is truly accessible to those who need it most. Making a cure available to all is not only the right thing to do, it is necessary to comply with the law, and to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C.

Key Democrat Incensed Over 'Intimidation' For High Drug Prices

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics

In late April, Colombian diplomat Andrés Flórez sent two tense letters to leaders in Bogotá. If his government proceeded with plans to lower the pr...

Drug Price Control: How Some Government Programs Do It

David Blumenthal | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Drug pricing is having its moment. Thousand-dollar pills to treat Hepatitis C, eye-popping price hikes for common generics, and surging overall spending on pharmaceuticals have rung alarm bells from coast to coast.

Pharmaceutical Firms Hike Price On Drug Most Commonly Used In Doctor-Assisted Suicide

KQED | Jade Walker | Posted 03.30.2016 | Business

When California’s aid-in-dying law takes effect this June, terminally ill patients who decide to end their lives could be faced with a hefty bill fo...

How to Get a Paper Prescription When e-Prescribing Is Required

Tod Cooperman, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Tod Cooperman, M.D.

Some U.S. states, like New York, now require that most health professionals write prescriptions electronically, without giving you a paper prescription. So are you out of luck if need a paper prescription? Fortunately, not.

Lowering Drug Costs: Something Trump, Clinton and Sanders Have In Common

Tod Cooperman, M.D. | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Tod Cooperman, M.D.

What do Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders have in common? They have each declared their support for importation of lower cost medicine...

The Danger of Hillary Clinton: She Is Not the 'Safer' Candidate

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

In an election year that finds both the left and right clamoring for political change, then, it seems suicidal for the Democrats to be putting forward a candidate who is as much a creature of the establishment as Hillary Rodham Clinton is.

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 medications. ...

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 executive...

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 t...

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 bri...

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, accordin...

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.