California Union Activist Joins Pharmaceutical Panel

Join Oregon Health Forum for an interactive discussion on pharmaceutical prices on Sept. 27

A key figure who led efforts to pass landmark legislation in California focused on soaring prescription drug costs will appear at the Oregon Health Forum breakfast next Wednesday Sept. 27. This is definitely an event you won’t want to miss! Tickets are going fast so sign up today.

Mario Yedida, the senior analyst for Health Care Initiatives, was instrumental in helping pass Senate Bill 17 in the California State Assembly last week. That bill requires drug makers to provide purchasers with advance notice of big price increases on certain prescription drugs. Health plans will also be required to report drug spending information to state regulators.

In addition to Yedida, you’ll hear from:  

  • April Alexander, Esq., Senior Director of State Affairs for the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
  • Shelley Bailey, Co-Owner, Central Drugs
  • Daniel Hartung, PharmD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pharmacy in the Oregon State University/ OHSU College of Pharmacy
  • Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland, and
  • Dr. Carly Rodriguez, Pharm.D, Director of Rx Clinical Innovation at Moda Health

A panelist representing PhRMA is also expected to appear at the forum, which will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club, located at 1849 SW Salmon. Jesse O’Brien, policy analyst with OSPIRG and OSPIRG Foundation, is our moderator.

Breakfast gets underway at 6:45 a.m. followed by a panel discussion at 7:15, with the event wrapping up at 9 a.m. And there’ll be plenty of time for audience questions.

At this forum, you’ll hear panelists discuss who’s responsible for the high cost of pharmaceuticals? Should the pharmaceutical industry take the blame or are other entities culpable such as pharmacy benefit management companies which are a third-party administrator of prescription drug programs for commercial health plans, self-insured employer plans, Medicare Part D plans, the Federal Employees Benefits Program and state government employee plans?

We look forward to seeing you Sept. 27.

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