Glasgow pharmacy reflects on frontline work through the pandemic
By Kelly Dean GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) – Governor Andy Beshear declared this week in Kentucky as Health Care Hero Appreciation Week. The purpose is to celebrate nurses, doctors, nurses and hospital/clinic staff who have worked round-the-clock to treat patients during the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Kentucky’s pharmacies have also played a special role in the pandemic by […]
An age-old problem: systemic inequality in health care for seniors and how Congress can fix it
The Hill By Alan Rosenbloom Health care for aging Americans is a source of constant policy debate—but it’s a debate that must be settled soon. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts that 70 percent of individuals who reach age 65 will require severe long-term care (LTC) needs—such as help with bathing, […]
How Medical Middlemen Delay and Deny Cancer Treatments to Americans
Morning Consult BY TED OKON August 21, 2019 Democratic presidential candidates have devoted plenty of debate time to health care and pointed fingers at a familiar bogeyman: the all-powerful pharmaceutical industry. They are right to be outraged at high drug prices and the affordability crisis millions of Americans face every day, but they missed a huge problem […]
Senate bill aims to protect taxpayers from costly drugs
Roll Call One proposed change to Medicare prescription drug benefit is to help the program control costs it absorbs to keep premiums stable. (CQ Roll Call file photo) Congress this year could enact the biggest overhaul of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit since it was first established in 2003. If successful, seniors — and taxpayers — […]
Delaware Makes Drug Prices More Transparent
Delaware Public Radio
A new law eliminates the so-called gag clause making it easier for pharmacists to tell patients in Delaware about the lowest prices for their prescriptions…Read More.
Consumer Advocates Urge State Insurance Regulators To Use Authority To Fight High Drug Prices
Inside Health Policy
Two consumer advocates recently urged state insurance regulations to weigh using their administrative power — including rate review authority — to control rising drug costs and improve transparency, even if state legislators are unable to push through changes…Read More.
PBMs Are Hogging Our Drug Discounts
The Trump administration has aimed a dagger at the heart of high pharmacy bills: the go-betweens in the supply chain that have been gouging insurers, drugmakers, and, most importantly, consumers…Read More.
To Help Seniors Served by LTC Pharmacies, DIR Fees Should Simply be Prohibited
Tired of being kept in the dark about the mysterious prescription drug cost pricing process, Congress has proposed a variety of bipartisan legislative reforms designed to shed light on a system seemingly designed at the outset to confuse, befuddle and bewilder…Read More.
Grassley Praised by National LTC Pharmacy Group for Seeking Justice Department Review of PDP/PBM Mergers
SCPC praised Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) for asking the U.S. Justice Department to conduct a “robust analysis” of the proposed mergers between CVS Health and Aetna, and Cigna Corp. and Express Scripts…Read More.