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Trump unveils blueprint for lowering prescription drug prices

President Donald Trump has unveiled a “blueprint” to lower the price of prescription drugs in the United States. The plans include building on the existing administrative efforts of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase generic drug approvals, reforms to the Medicare...

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Outpatient pharmacy costs ‘higher at 340B hospitals’

Annual per patient outpatient pharmacy costs at hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Discount Program are significantly higher than in non-340B hospitals, according to new analysis from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). The analysis, prepared by Milliman and...

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Prescription drug costs 'a burden for a quarter of 50-80 year-olds'

More than one-quarter (27 percent) of patients between 50 and 80 years of age find the cost of their prescription medication a burden, according to the latest National Poll on Healthy Aging conducted by the University of Michigan. The study looked at responses from approximately 2,000 people within...

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COPD patients with Medicare Part D 'struggle with inhaler costs'

Many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have Medicare Part D struggle to pay for medication and inhalers, it has been suggested. A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed one in nine Medicare beneficiaries have COPD. The...

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House passes AHCA, putting prescription drug cover at risk

Insured patients may lose prescription drug cover following yesterday's passing of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the US House of Representatives. The legislation includes provisions allowing states to opt out of certain protections offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If passed by...

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Insured patients 'paying too much for prescriptions'

Many patients with health insurance are still over-paying for their prescriptions, according to Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).  Priscilla VanderVeer, spokeswoman for the organization, observed many patients still have a "hard time affording their medicines". She...

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PhRMA President Highlights Importance of Prescription Discounts

The president and chief executive of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has highlighted the importance of discounts on prescriptions. His comments come following the launch of the organization's "Share the Savings" campaign. He suggested patients with access to discounts...

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