drug prices

Biden’s latest executive order aims to boost healthcare competition

President Joe Biden has signed a new executive order to tackle anti-competitive behavior across American industries. With regard to healthcare, Biden is directing federal agencies to revise guidelines for hospital mergers, enable people to comparison shop health plans on the ACA marketplaces and work with states to import drugs from Canada.

Community Health Plans Are Serious: Support Major Federal Action to Reduce Rx Drug Costs

By CECI CONNOLLY Equal treatment under the law. A foundational pillar of American life. Except when it comes to drug makers who benefit from favorable treatment by the federal government. For far too long, prescription drug companies have profited immensely under a system that affords them monopolistic powers to set prices devoid of government or …

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Oprah’s Meghan & Harry interview reveals global surprise at U.S. pharma ads

Like much U.S. primetime television, the broadcast of Oprah’s interview of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry carried a lot of pharma advertising. The sheer volume of those ads surprised many British viewers and also highlighted the volume of spending on the U.S. marketing of medicines.

Amgen’s Enbrel heads ICER list of unjustified US price rises

US cost effectiveness watchdog ICER found 10 examples of substantial price rises for top-selling medicines in 2019, and concluded that seven of those were not backed by any clinical evidence. The cost to the American taxpayer from those increases? Around $1.2 billion for the seven drugs alone, says the organisation, which also found that for …

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Policy makers should ‘set their sights higher’ on U.S. drug pricing regulations, researchers say

A review published in JAMA found that bills introduced into the House and Senate don’t go nearly as far as existing drug pricing regulations other countries. The researchers listed eight key lessons from six nations.