Front Page-Rx

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
  • State Health Policy Blog

    In its May 30, 2017 decision Impression Products, Inc. v Lexmark International Inc., the Supreme Court ruled that patent law cannot be used to prevent the resale of products back into the United States. The Court case specifically concerned printer toner cartridges, but it is an important ruling in the context of the domestic policy […]

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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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  • State Health Policy Blog

    With 80 bills introduced in 2017, there is a high level of interest in pharmaceutical pricing among state legislators. However, despite legislative sessions wrapping up, very few laws have been enacted. To date, bills have passed in Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, New York, and Utah. In 2016, Vermont led the way with a price transparency […]

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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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  • 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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  • Publications

    States are significant purchasers of health care for Medicaid, inmates in correctional facilities, and public employees. Despite considerable efforts to maintain affordability, drug pricing continues to vex state budgets. While Medicaid is the largest single health expenditure in state budgets, spending on health care for public workers including state employees and retirees, legislators, judicial employees, […]

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