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ICYMI: Pharmacy benefit managers increasingly exclude medicines from formularies, restricting patient access

By Gabby Migliara  |    June 1, 2020
The two largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), CVS Caremark and Express Scripts, have once again increased the number of medicines on their standard formulary exclusion lists. Medicines...   Read More

New rule makes it harder for patients to lower their out-of-pocket costs

By Holly Campbell  |    May 20, 2020
In the midst of increased financial insecurity for Americans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is shocking the Administration finalized a policy change in the 2021 Notice of Benefit and Payment...   Read More

PhRMA comments on HHS proposed rule on manufacturer cost-sharing assistance and accumulator adjustment programs

By Holly Campbell  |    March 3, 2020
Yesterday, PhRMA submitted comments on the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) 2021 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters proposed rule. The proposed rule would hurt  patients’ ability...   Read More

Fact Check: HCCI analysis overstates medicine spending and prices

By Katie Koziara  |    February 19, 2020
A recent analysis from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) on health care spending overestimates medicine spending and pricing and mischaracterizes the true drivers of health care spending in...   Read More

Cancer medicines cost twice as much at hospitals, study finds

By Katie Koziara  |    January 21, 2020
Cancer medicines cost nearly twice as much in hospital outpatient facilities than in physician offices in the commercial market, according to a new study from the Employee Benefit Research...   Read More

Nearly 50% of brand medicine spending goes to the supply chain and others

By Holly Campbell  |    January 9, 2020
Nearly 50% of total spending on brand medicines – the sum of all payments made at the pharmacy or paid on a claim to a health care provider – went to the supply chain and other entities in 2018,...   Read More

More evidence that medicine prices are growing at slowest rate in decades

By Holly Campbell  |    October 4, 2019
This week the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released yet another report showing that medicine prices are growing at the slowest rate in decades. The report, “Measuring...   Read More

Survey shows out-of-pocket costs top health care concern for voters

By Holly Campbell  |    October 2, 2019
A recent national survey of 800 registered voters conducted by Public Opinion Strategies shows that health insurance premiums, deductibles and copays are the top health care concerns for...   Read More

Four reasons why the radical Pelosi Plan is the wrong approach

By Tom Wilbur  |    September 24, 2019
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently unveiled a radical plan that would restrict and fundamentally change how patients access medicines in the United States. It would threaten our country’s...   Read More

Hospitals make 9 times more than physicians’ offices on provider-administered medicines

By Katie Koziara  |    September 10, 2019
A new study, conducted by the Partnership for Health Analytic Research (PHAR), found that hospitals retained 91% of the total profit on physician-administered medicines in the commercial market...   Read More

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