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Pharmaceutical drug price hikes have now become a common feature in American news. From Martin Shkreli’s infamous Daraprim price hike that saw a $737 increase to the chemotherapy drug Cosmogen that currently sells for $1,400 in the U.S. compared to $20-30 overseas, the problem is clearly systemic . Many important cancer drugs, including Gilead’s Sovaldi, Merck’s Keytruda, and Vertex’ Kalydeco all cost over $80,000 for a course of treatment . Often prices increase are unrelated to any new research and development done. There is a clear need to address such drastic drug price increases in order to prevent these dramatic hikes and create a more stable biopharmaceutical market.
That the US health care system is excessively costly is not news. The controversy involves 3 connected questions: (1) what are the real drivers of high costs, (2) what policies have the highest probability of reducing those costs, and (3) what are the consequences of not reducing excessive health care costs?
In this article for the JAMA Network, Faculty Affiliate Ezekiel Emanuel explores the true cost of health care in America.
Why don’t we mandate the flu vaccination? This is a question that Faculty Affiliate Ezekiel Emanuel poses in his New York Times Op-Ed.
“Starting next year, we should provide the vaccine free in all schools, preschools and day care centers — and require that all children under 18 get it before Thanksgiving.
What are we waiting for? Must more children die unnecessarily?”
GOP considers budget maneuver to help pay for additional ObamaCare healthcare funding; U.S. weekly jobless claims drop to lowest level since 1969; U.S. consumer inflation increases in January.
Bipartisan group of governors reveals new health reform proposal; Global trade flows rise at the quickest pace since 2011; Americas’ economic expectations reach second-highest level since 2002.