As the U.S. government and payers counter sky-high drug prices, a California lawmaker is proposing a new measure that would require drug companies for the first time to reveal information on how they price the industry's most expensive meds.
SINGAPORE-- A change in leadership at the China Drug and Food Administration was announced on the Communist Party website last week: Bi Jingquan, who has more than 20 years of experience in pricing and management, will take over from Zhang Yong as CFDA minister.
SINGAPORE-- More than two years in the making, Pakistan's proposed new drug-pricing policy still hasn't won over drugmakers. The country's health ministry proffered a draft that would peg prices to those in India and Bangladesh, with generic prices at 30% less, on average, than the brand price in those neighboring countries.
A California cost-effectiveness panel is prepared to say this about Gilead Sciences' brand-new combination treatment for hepatitis C: It's cost-effective, even at an eye-popping price. But--and this is a big but--the state can't afford to pay it.
A time-honored technique for boosting drug sales is simple: Raise prices. Lately, plenty of drugmakers pressed by patent-cliff losses have done just that. But some notable price hikes on diabetes drugs may be backfiring with payers. With diabetes costs taking double-digit increases--and expensive newer meds launching--insurers are tightening restrictions on drug use.
Add a new set of pricing foes for Gilead Sciences). A U.S. Senate committee has joined the forces arrayed against the company's breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi and its $84,000 price tag.
Rep. Henry Waxman and several Democratic colleagues in Congress wrote Gilead CEO John Martin an excoriating letter on Friday, demanding to know why Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C wonder drug Sovaldi costs $84,000--and whether Gilead is doing anything to make sure that poor patients get access to it.
The New York Times recently found out that different patients treated in a recent food-poisoning event paid prices that ranged over hundreds of dollars for basic IV saline solution. More surprising is that the Medicare-approved rate for a liter of saline that can end up at $90 starts at $1.07 a liter.
The U.K. government is the latest to start looking to tamp down prices on already-approved drugs as it tries to take control of what it sees as runaway healthcare costs.
Greece and the drug industry aren't getting along so well. After several years of stiffing drugmakers on their bills, the Greek government now accuses more than 50 pharma companies of cutting off supplies of key drugs, the Guardian reports.