Time flies when you’re lowering drug prices.
1. We Already Own It
- Moderna has promised not to enforce patent rights on its developing COVID-19 vaccine “while the pandemic continues” and is “willing” to license rights afterward, meaning other drug companies could produce vaccines based on the same technology. Good. But remember, taxpayers 100 percent funded the vaccine candidate. It should already belong to the people. — (The Wall Street Journal)
2. Do Better, America
- On average, Americans pay about 11 times more for insulin than people with diabetes living in peer countries, according to a study from the RAND Corporation. Big Pharma is going to continue charging what it can get away with for this vital, life-saving medication until our elected leaders make lasting, meaningful reform. — (Axios)
3. Big Pharma Scam
- Pfizer has sued the federal government in an attempt to weaken federal policies prohibiting direct copay assistance for Medicare beneficiaries. The company claims it’s just sticking up for patients who need a $225,000 Pfizer drug to treat a rare and potentially fatal cardiac condition. But all is not as it seems. Copay assistance is a Big Pharma scam. These programs blunt patient sensitivity to drug costs, putting taxpayers on the hook to pick up outrageous price tags. Instead of copay scams, we need comprehensive drug pricing reform to bring down the prices pharmaceutical companies set in the first place. — (Barron’s)