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Medicare Part D spending on MS drugs increased tenfold as prices spiked, study suggests

September 3, 2019


Rising prices for multiple sclerosis drugs drove a more than sevenfold increase in out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D beneficiaries over a decade, according to a study published last week in JAMA Neurology.

One family's $6M drug claim (and what it means for the future of rare diseases)

August 28, 2019


Dawn Patterson and two of her children have a rare bone disease, and the only treatment is a drug that was slated to cost $6 million a year—a high price tag that observers say is indicative of the pharmaceutical industry's growing interest in treatment for rare diseases.

Judge orders J&J to pay Oklahoma $572M in first-of-its-kind opioid trial

August 27, 2019


A district court judge on Monday ruled that Johnson & Johnson contributed to Oklahoma's opioid crisis by downplaying the risks of its opioid drugs and ordered the company to pay the state $572 million.

Here's Florida's plan to import drugs from Canada

August 27, 2019


Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration on Wednesday submitted a concept paper to HHS outlining the state's proposal for importing drugs from Canada.

The 16 health care companies 'changing the world,' according to Fortune

August 26, 2019


Fortune last week released its fifth annual Change the World list, which recognizes for-profit companies that are "doing well by doing good," and 16 health care companies made the list.

How Wyoming wants to rein in air ambulance bills

August 26, 2019


Wyoming is preparing a Medicaid waiver request to expand Medicaid coverage for air ambulance rides to all state residents.

Is there a link between social and health care spending? Yes, but it's not what you think.

August 22, 2019


It has been widely speculated that the reason the United States outspends other countries on health care is because it does not invest enough in social services, but a study published last week in Health Affairs debunks that theory.

Why a cat's bite led to $26,229.35 in medical bills

August 22, 2019


Caitlin Hillyard was petting a cat in her neighborhood when the cat bit her wrist, which resulted in difficulties seeking treatment and more than $26,000 in health care bills.

The spike in families' health care spending, charted

August 19, 2019


Families with employer-sponsored health plans have seen average health care spending rise twice as fast as wages over the past decade, according to a research brief from the Peterson Center on Healthcare and Kaiser Family Foundation.

PBMs pass on nearly 100% of rebates to Medicare Part D plans, GAO finds

August 19, 2019


Pharmacy benefit managers in 2016 passed on nearly all of the rebates they negotiated with pharmaceutical companies for Medicare Part D drugs to insurers sponsoring Part D plans, resulting in lower premiums for such plans, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday.

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