Employers Prefer Private-Sector Solutions on High Drug Costs, PCMA Survey Shows

Employers Prefer Private-Sector Solutions on High Drug Costs, PCMA Survey Shows

It’s a forgone conclusion that most of the consumer public doesn’t like pharma companies’ pricing policies, as headlines were grabbed last year by the dust-up over Valeant and Turing Pharma, and then the Mylan EpiPen controversy playing out now. Surrounding these were the shock to healthcare payers over the original $84,000 cost of Sovaldi, the Gilead Sciences hep C drug; the forestalled blow-up over PCSK-9 anti-cholesterol drugs and, most recently, Express Scripts announced plan to corral pricing (and market share) of a variety of anti-inflammatories, led by Amgen’s Enbrel and AbbVie’s Humira. In an election year, all this is playing out at a louder-than-normal volume.

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