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Jan 18

2019

Drugmakers Raise Prices Amid Shortages, Recalls

Drugmakers have sharply boosted prices of some older, low-cost prescription medicines amid supply shortages and recalls—in some cases, by threefold and more.

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Jan 18

2019

MedPAC Recommends Consolidating Medicare Quality Programs

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on Thursday recommended that Congress pass legislation to consolidate most of Medicare's value-based quality programs and boost payments for high-performing hospitals.

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Jan 18

2019

Defining Unjustified Drug Price Hikes

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review is working on a new annual report that will call out specific drugs with big price increases that are “unsupported” by independent medical evidence, Axios’ Bob Herman: reports.

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Jan 18

2019

Secretive ‘Rebate Trap’ Keeps Generic Drugs For Diabetes And Other Ills Out Of Reach

Lisa Crook was lucky. She saved $800 last year after her insurance company started covering a new, less expensive insulin called Basaglar that was virtually identical to the brand she had used for years.

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Jan 18

2019

Groups Opposing Medicare Part D talks are Criticized for Failing to Disclose Industry Ties

Earlier this week, the National Osteoporosis Foundation wrote members of Congress on behalf of more than 200 organizations to express concern over efforts that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for the Part D drug program.

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Jan 17

2019

Patient and Medical Groups Blast Trump Administration Drug Pricing Proposal in New Ad Campaign

A coalition of patient advocacy and medical groups — led by the American Cancer Society’s advocacy arm and joined by the American Medical Association — launched an advertising campaign Thursday to drum up opposition to a proposed change to Medicare they say will “put patients’ lives at risk.”

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Jan 17

2019

HHS Secretary, Senate Finance Republicans Talk Drug Pricing

Senate Finance Republicans met with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday to discuss the administration's drug pricing proposals.

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Jan 17

2019

Lawmakers to Consider More Oversight of Pharmacy-Benefits Middlemen

Pharmacy-benefits managers, the powerful middlemen who help select which drugs are covered for patients and negotiate discounts with drugmakers, could soon get more scrutiny in Indiana.

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Jan 17

2019

Allow Docs to Recycle Chemo Pills, Already

It is a "medically sound" idea to empower physicians to safely recycle highly expensive oral chemotherapies and thereby increase access and minimize waste, write a group of oncologists in a commentary published online December 19 in the Oncologist.

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Jan 17

2019

Key House Dem: I Don’t Want to ‘Punish’ Drug Companies

A key Democrat on drug pricing issues said Wednesday that she does not want to “punish” the pharmaceutical industry, striking a softer tone than many other Democrats do on the issue.

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