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Trump’s Drug Pricing Plan: What Does it Really Mean for Pharma?

Posted by Pratap Khedkar on Thu, May 17, 2018

Howard Deutsch co-authored this blog post with Pratap Khedkar.

President Donald Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar addressed the nation from the White House Rose Garden last week, introducing American Patients First, a drug pricing plan that Pres. Trump described as the “most sweeping action in history to lower the price of prescription drugs.” Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

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Topics: Medicare, Pratap Khedkar, Drug pricing, Howard Deutsch, value-based pricing, price transparency, pharma companies, rebates

Five Observations From the 2017 Fair Pricing Forum

Posted by Ed Schoonveld on Mon, May 15, 2017

In May, I joined various members of governmental organizations, patient organizations and the life sciences industry at the 2017 Fair Pricing Forum, an invitation-only meeting to discuss “fair pricing” for medications in Amsterdam. Organized by the World Health Organization and the Dutch Ministry of Health, the meeting prompted a productive dialogue among stakeholders but also revealed a worrisome gap in the overall perception of the drug pricing discussion. The pharmaceutical industry’s viewpoint was widely underrepresented, with attendance heavily weighted toward governments and activists, and only a small industry delegation.

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Topics: generics, Pharma, Ed Schoonveld, R&D, 2017 Fair Pricing Forum, World Health Organization, WHO, value-based pricing, fair pricing, price transparency, antimicrobial drugs

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