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Performance of Johnson & Johnson’s blockbuster cardiovascular drug is one of the first prominent examples of how the 2019 increase in the discount from 50% to 70% is playing out in the market.
Bill would change US FDA's approach to handling follow-on applications submitted under Section 505 once products become "deemed" as biologics 23 March 2020, and could amend a provision in the Senate HELP Committee's health care bill, which aligns with FDA policy.
Adam Boehler will leave HHS and his post as director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to move to another job in the Administration.
Lower list prices for Epclusa, Harvoni, and Zepatier might actually boost revenue by reducing 340B discounts, but rebate-eschewing dynamic may not expand beyond them because of different exposures to 340B in other classes – and the pending HHS rebate rule.
Remarks to reporters prompt surprise and confusion among stakeholders and likely reflect the president’s impatience with the pace of regulatory and legislative pricing reforms.
Policymakers should clarify link between high drug prices and innovation and figure out how to “rebalance” high prices with non-price innovation incentives before proceeding with policies aimed directly at lowering prices, Conti and David propose in the Health Affairs Blog.