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June 23, 2017
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Drugmakers try to deflect blame
As drugmakers push prices higher, some are attacking employers and payers that offer prescription drug coverage, writes John Jones, professor of pharmacy law and ethics. "When it comes to how high drug companies price their products, they want the public to ignore what they spend on marketing and the tax breaks they get for direct-to-consumer advertising," Jones writes.
Orange County Business Journal (Irvine, Calif.)/Opinion (6/19) 
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Draft executive order seeks easing of pharma R&D rules
A draft executive order instructs agencies to review policies that could raise the cost of pharmaceutical research and development and to recommend policy changes in fiscal 2019 budget proposals. The draft instructs trade negotiators to seek deals that increase the prices other countries pay for American prescription drugs.
Roll Call (free content) (6/23) 
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Drug distributors influence pharmacy prices
Drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, McKesson and Cardinal Health negotiate prices with pharmacies, play a role in setting prices, and issue predictions for drug-price trends.
MarketWatch (6/21) 
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Lawmakers ask drugmakers to explain insulin price hikes
Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Tom Reed, R-N.Y., sent letters to companies that make insulin and to insurers and pharmacy benefit managers seeking information on price decisions.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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Senate health care bill eliminates mandate, cuts taxes
A Senate health care bill would phase out Medicaid expansion and limit federal funding for the program, eliminate the Affordable Care Act's health insurance mandate, offer lower tax credits than the ACA, repeal some taxes and retroactively reduce capital gains taxes, among other measures.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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