Prescription for cheaper drugs contested

(By – ROBERT KING, www.washingtonexaminer.com)

A battle is brewing over letting Medicare negotiate over drug prices, a power some doctors say is needed to curb high drug prices and opponents argue is unnecessary. Advocates say that providing Medicare negotiating power would lead to lower prices on breakthrough treatments, which could strain federal and state budgets if prices aren’t reduced. The pharmaceutical industry and a healthcare transparency organization say it won’t save money because private-sector organizations already negotiate for lower prices. Read more…

 

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