drug prices

Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices

Pharmacists have been prevented from telling consumers when the cash price for a drug is lower than the cost through their insurer. But critics say this will not affect the causes of high drug prices.

For years, most pharmacists couldn’t give customers even a clue about an easy way to save money on prescription drugs. But the restraints are coming off.

Report: The Higher the Drug Prices, the More Industry Benefits

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In the latest look at drug prices, a study released Tuesday shows that higher prices benefit key players involved in the distribution -- not the development -- of drugs. Consumers and Medicare foot the bill.

Insurance companies, investors and middlemen are making billions of dollars off prescription drugs – even when they don’t research, develop or make the pills themselves, according to a report out Tuesday from Democrats on the U.S.

Nosse and Steiner Hayward Back Mandatory Rebates for High-Cost Drugs

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services would step in if a drug exceeded $10,000 or had cost increases greater than 3.4 percent. State regulators would index a price according to what other countries have negotiated for the drugs. Consumers would also see a cap on costs that they pay out-of-pocket.

Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland, touted his aggressive and innovative approach to tackling uncontrolled pharmaceutical costs on Thursday, calling on Oregon to lead where Congress has failed and other state-based reforms have fallen short.

First, Do No Harm

Over the past year, some insurance companies have become increasingly aggressive in exploiting and creating loopholes that would effectively force thousands of chronic disease patients into Medicare prematurely

OPINION -- In recent months, Americans have seen growing evidence of failure within the Affordable Care Act.

Drug Prices in America: ROI or RIP?

Drug prices are killing Americans and making fortunes for pharmaceutical executives.

OPINION -- Long over are the halcyon (not to be confused with Halcion®) days when Jonas Salk said of the polio vaccine, “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”

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