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April 13, 2018
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Big Pharma's blame game isn't working
Drugmakers' "pass the buck" advertising campaigns have failed, writes John Jones, who teaches pharmacy law and ethics, citing perpetually low polling numbers and legislative defeats.
Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.) (tiered subscription model) (4/12) 
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House subcommittee chair officially opposes Part D point-of-sale rebates
House Ways and Means health subcommittee chair Peter Roskam, R-Ill., opposes the idea of point-of-sale rebates under Medicare Part D, according to a spokesperson.
InsideHealthPolicy (subscription required) (4/12) 
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Ohio judge sets trial date for opioid-drug marketing, distribution cases
US District Judge Dan Polster will hear arguments next March in three lawsuits brought by Ohio municipalities and counties against opioid-drug manufacturers and distributors Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Endo, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson.
Reuters (4/11) 
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Drug price limits to be on S.D. ballots
South Dakota voters will determine whether the state should promulgate a law allowing state programs to pay no more on drugs than the Department of Veterans Affairs does.
Politico Pro (subscription required) (4/19) 
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Cancer drugs' benefits fail to keep pace with rising prices, study finds
Cancer drugs' benefits fail to keep pace with rising prices, study finds
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A study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice found no link between the monthly or incremental costs of new cancer drugs and their clinical benefits. The authors looked at 42 clinical trials for medications approved from 2006 to 2015, finding that average monthly costs of new oncology drugs rose to $15,535 in 2015 from $7,103 in 2006, while the difference in cost between new drugs and those they were intended to replace climbed to $161,141 from $30,447.
Reuters (4/12) 
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Projected price for migraine drugs cost-effective only in some cases
Analysts expect Amgen and Novartis to set the price on a new type of migraine drug at around $8,500, which the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review said may be cost-effective for treating chronic migraines but not episodic migraines. The institute said the price would not be cost-effective for Teva's new drug for either type of migraine.
STAT (tiered subscription model)/Pharmalot (4/12) 
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Ignoring isn't the same as ignorance; you have to work at it.
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