Pharmaceutical Costs

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

    Managing High Drug Prices through Importation: We Can Get to “YES”

    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

    Update: What’s New in State Drug Pricing Legislation?

    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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  • Pharmacy Costs Work Group – Model Legislation

    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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    March 12, 2017 | Filed under: Drug Pricing, Pharmaceutical Costs

  • Pharmacy Costs Workgroup: Model Drug Price Transparency Legislation

    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

    NASHP Releases Model Rx Transparency Legislation

    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 – which by law must 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, Medicaid. […]

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  • Webinars

    Webinar Addresses Rising Cost of Pharmaceuticals

    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 and the Rising Cost of Pharmaceuticals: A Call to Action

    States and the Rising Cost of Pharmaceuticals: A Call to Action

    As part of the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference, held 17-19 in Pittsburgh, PA, NASHP released findings from our Pharmacy Costs Work Group aimed at addressing the increasingly rising costs of pharmaceuticals.  The solutions offered in the newly released findings serve as a toolbox for states. While they recognize the value of the pharmaceutical industry, state policymakers […]

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  • State Leaders Offer Solutions to Address Rapid Increase in Prescription Drug Spending

    New Findings from Rx Work Group Released at National Health Event Pittsburgh, PA – The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) today released findings from their Pharmacy Costs Work Group aimed at addressing the increasingly rising costs of pharmaceuticals. The findings were released as part of their 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference, held […]

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    October 18, 2016 | Filed under: Drug Pricing, Pharmaceutical Costs, Press Release

  • NASHP Announces Pharmacy Costs Work Group

    The newly launched National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) Pharmacy Cost Work Group will look beyond the strategies currently used in states to identify and develop new ideas which address the growing problem of Rx costs. The group will look broadly at states as purchasers, regulators, policymakers, and investors to develop the next generation […]

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