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The Road to a COVID-19 Vaccination Is a Bumpy One for Many Older Adults

By Timothy Lash As the United States passes the grim and staggering milestone of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, there is increasing hope that vaccines may soon help us reduce this deadly threat and put us on a path to some level of normalcy. But that path to vaccination (at least for now) is filled with… Read more »

Our Approach: Private Sector Principles for Results-Driven Philanthropy

West Health’s CEO, Shelley Lyford, describes our unique approach to the mission of successful aging. For West Health, addressing the needs of seniors isn’t simply a fiscal and political priority – it’s a moral imperative. Each of our separate entities works together in pursuit of our successful aging mission. Our Institute ensures that our Foundation’s grant-making… Read more »

Study in JAMA Network Open Examines Association Between the Percentage of US Drug Sales Subject to Inflation Penalties and the Extent of Drug Price Increases

  September 11, 2020   Sean Dickson, JD, MPH1 JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(9):e2016388. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.16388 Policy makers have proposed levying penalties for drug price increases that are higher than the rate of inflation for drugs covered in the US Medicare program, but research is lacking regarding the ways in which manufacturers might respond to those penalties…. Read more »

A Path Forward…
A Note from our President and CEO, Shelley Lyford

June 10, 2020 Life as we know it has forever changed as our nation continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism and injustice, political division, economic hardship and human suffering. While the wounds run deep and the list is long, we are seeing signs of hope that over time we will emerge from… Read more »

Pricing Remdesivir: A Domestic Reference Price Approach

June 23, 2020 by Sean Dickson and Timothy A. Lash  As COVID-19 continues to ravage US communities, the costs in terms of lives and lost wages are severe, particularly among seniors and minority communities. Treating COVID-19 shouldn’t disproportionately add to these costs, but the history of drug pricing in the United States provides reason for concern. The… Read more »

Black Lives Matter:
A Message from Our President and CEO Shelley Lyford

June 8, 2020 Black Lives Matter. We are grieved and outraged by the brutal deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others who have been hurt or killed by racist violence. The peaceful protests we are witnessing around the nation and in our own communities are righteous and needed to help bring about an… Read more »

Federal Government Awards $354M to Civica Rx and Partners to Expand Generic Drug Manufacturing and Create Nation’s First Stockpile of Key Drug Ingredients

May 19, 2020 This week the West Health family of organizations hit another major milestone! I’m very excited to announce that Civica Rx, the nonprofit generic drug manufacturer created in 2018 by seven leading health systems and three national foundations including the Gary and Mary West Foundation, is now part of a new and historic… Read more »