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How Maine seniors can see lower drug prices

Patricia Bernard of Falmouth has unwittingly become the face of American seniors facing high drug costs. Sen. Susan Collins recently invited Bernard to tell her story before the Senate Aging Committee, which Collins chairs. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 25 years...

Insurers, Don’t Curtail Copay Coupons

What good is my health insurance if my copays and deductibles are so high that it doesn’t offer me any financial protection?  That’s the question an increasing number of patients are asking as these costs continue to rise. According to data from the Kaiser Family...

Five Steps to Make Drug Pricing Reforms a Success

How can President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar deliver on their new “American Patients First” plan to reduce prescription drug costs? By focusing their evolving blueprint on the needs of patients, not lobbyists, who spend hundreds of...

The danger of value frameworks in medicine

In the debate over prescription drug prices, one group is being overlooked: people with rare diseases. The needs of these patients, who rely on specialty medications for their lives and livelihoods, must not be sacrificed in the quest to bring down drug costs.  Yet...

Copay assistance needed now more than ever

President Trump renewed his attack on drug manufacturers last week, tweeting, “Pfizer & others should be ashamed that they have raised drug prices for no reason. They are merely taking advantage of the poor & others unable to defend themselves. ” Just a day...

Patients Rising Now applauds the Illinois Fair Care Coalition

Insurance companies sometimes try to save money by increasing patients’ out-of-pocket costs for drugs, moving prescriptions to a more restrictive tier, or removing prescriptions from the formulary altogether. When a patient is locked into an insurance plan for the...

Will Divided Government Produce Lower Drug Prices?

Divided government, as a result of Democrats taking back the House of Representatives in last week’s election, means that almost all legislation will grind to a halt. This is especially true in today’s era of political polarization. But there is one Democratic policy...