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Domestic Reference Pricing Would’ve Cut Launch Prices 18%-30%

Medicare would have saved 18% to 30% on newly launched drugs from 2015 to 2019 if it had used domestic reference pricing to control prices, and domestic reference prices for most drugs were even above the prices suggested by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, according to a report by West Health Policy Center, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California, San Diego.

18 Million Americans Can’t Pay for Needed Meds

By Steven Reinberg September 22, 2021 As many as 18 million Americans can’t afford their prescribed medications, a new nationwide poll finds. That’s 7% of the adult population in the United States. But when it comes to households making less than $24,000 per year, the percentage jumps to 19%, the West Health/Gallup poll revealed. Here… Read more »

VA Launches Program To Improve Emergency Care For Nation’s Older Veterans

The VA Geriatric Emergency Department Initiative is a public-private collaboration between the VA, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), The John A. Hartford Foundation, and the West Health Institute to establish 70 of the VA’s EDs as accredited geriatric emergency departments (GEDs).

West Health Proposes Alternative To Trump-Era Rebate Ban

By defining “cost” in Medicare Part D as the net cost after rebates, the government could share rebates with seniors without significantly increasing Medicare Part D premiums, which costs taxpayers in additional premium subsidies, and without giving drug companies more profits.