Prescription Drugs

States are searching for new and innovative approaches to handle the rising cost of prescription medicines – both the sudden spike in spending that comes with a new high-cost treatment and the ongoing challenges of regular, inexplicable, price hikes for all covered drugs. The United States has the highest prescription drug prices in the world. […]

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  • The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), with support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, today launched the Center for State Rx Drug Pricing. Building on the work of the Pharmacy Costs Work Group, the Center will provide technical and strategic assistance to states, leverage legal and actuarial expertise as needed, distribute funding […]

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    June 20, 2017 | Filed under: Front Page-Rx, Pharmaceutical Costs, Prescription Drugs
  • As States Wage Battles on High Drug Prices, Drugmakers Fight Back May 18, 2017 Lembo targets ‘skyrocketing’ drug prices January 24, 2017 How can states tackle rising medication prices? January 11, 2017 Interfaith investor coalition pushes shareholder resolutions on drug prices, October 24, 2016 Politico Pulse mentioned the findings of the Pharmacy Costs Work Group, October 24, 2016 […]

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  • Publications

    Because the federal government has not been able to agree on an approach to constrain prescription drug prices, states need to address the problem. Study after study show how U.S. consumers pay the highest prices in the world for life-saving and life-enhancing drug treatments. The prices we pay may fund the research and development that […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    There is growing public pressure to find an effective way to address the rising prices of prescription drugs. Multiple drug price bills await action in Congress and more than 80 bills have been introduced in state legislatures in 2017. Among the variety of approaches aimed at managing drug prices, importation from other countries is an […]

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  • Pharmacy Costs Work Group – Model Legislation

    NASHP, with guidance from our Pharmacy Costs Work Group, has developed model legislation for states that wish to pursue the policy options outlined in our paper States and the Rising Costs of Pharmaceuticals: A Call to Action. States interested in this model legislation will have access to a legislator’s guide and additional background materials as […]

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  • Pharmaceutical prices are rising, driving up premiums and out of pocket costs. State budgets – that by law, have to be balanced- are reeling from high and unpredictable pharmaceutical price increases for Corrections, state employees and retirees, K-12 and public  university employees, and, of course,  Medicaid. To address rapidly rising prescription drug prices, purchasers and policy […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Pharmaceutical prices are rising, driving up premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Today, 21 percent of spending in employer-sponsored plans goes to retail prescription drugs.[i] State budgets – that by law, have to be balanced- are reeling from high and unpredictable pharmaceutical increases for corrections, state employees and retirees, K-12 and public university employees, and, of course, […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Congress has begun its Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal effort and evolving replacement options are receiving considerable attention. NASHP is tracking issues that appear in multiple proposals and will provide state perspectives, including: How might they impact states? What might they cost? Have they been tried before in states and what did we learn from […]

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  • Webinars

    In this webinar, members of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s Pharmacy Costs Workgroup review 11 specific proposals for how states may curb the rising cost of pharmaceuticals. NASHP’s work group looks broadly at states as purchasers, regulators, policymakers, and investors to develop the next generation of state–based reforms to address the rapid growth […]

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