Rebates and out-of-pocket cost

In recent decades, drug prices have risen. To offset this cost, pharmacy benefit managers have negotiated increasingly large rebates which drug manufacturers pay health insurers. PBMs argue that rebates help keep net drug prices down. Manufacturers argue that PBMs want higher list prices so they can negotiate larger rebates. Patients may not like rebates if…

Bagging it

How do you get your prescription drugs? For most people, it involves going to your local pharmacy and picking up your pills. But what if the drugs you needs are infused treatments that have to be administered at a physician’s office? Typically, you just show up at a physician’s office and it’ll be ready for…

“Mr. Biden is wrong”

That was the conclusion of The Economist on his decision to suspend intellectual property protections for the makers of COVID-19 vaccines. In the article “Ten million reasons to vaccinate the world“, they write: Many experts argue that, because some manufacturing capacity is going begging, millions more doses might become available if patent-owners shared their secrets,…