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Despite Latest Report, ICER Still Limits Patient Input and Maintains Strong Ties To Insurers

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After months of criticism, including some from BIO, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) released a document that tries to address many of the legitimate and persistent concerns that have been raised. We appreciate that ICER is taking such criticism more seriously, and recently opened up its methodology to more public comment.  However, after reviewing the document, it remains clear to us that ICER still doesn’t quite get why so many organizations, including Read More >

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The Washington Post Unfairly Attacks The Orphan Drug Act

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The Orphan Drug Act has been a tremendous success and addressed a market failure by providing incentives to bring new treatments to those suffering with rare diseases. That’s why I was deeply troubled by Friday’s unfair article in The Washington Post targeting the Orphan Drug Act through selective and unsubstantiated attacks that seem designed to undermine this bipartisan and hugely successful regime that has helped so many patients with rare diseases live longer and healthier Read More >

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New Avalere Study: Drugs Not Major Drivers Of Premium Growth, Dispels Insurance Industry Myth

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Today, Avalere Health published a study that further dispels the pervasive myth that prescription drugs are a major driver of increased health insurance premiums. It is, in fact, outpatient spending and professional services that are the largest drivers of insurance premium growth—not prescription drugs, which represent only about 14 percent of premium growth.  Outpatient spending accounts for 29.9 percent of 2017 premium increase justifications. While professional services account for 27.7 percent. This data comes from Read More >

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Correcting the Record On Politico’s Misinformed Article

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Politico recently explored the relationship between the biopharmaceutical industry and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The article laments the supposed high cost of drugs and implicitly endorses policies that would not only do little for patients in need of medications, but also stifle innovation through research and development. The implication that the “structural reforms” the story talks about would fundamentally change drug costs in this country is myopic and misinformed. Those so-called “reforms” like top-down, Read More >

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A Rehash Of Tired, Old Ideas From President Obama

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Many of the biopharmaceutical policy proposals laid out by President Obama in his JAMA article (United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps) are simply a rehash of tired, old ideas that have been rejected by bipartisan majorities in the Congress for years. The plans he lays out would do little or nothing to improve our shared goal of increasing patients’ access to medicines and could impede the development of new medical Read More >

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