Pharmaceuticals

Big Pharma hides costs with bait and switch

Big Pharma hides costs with bait and switch

Drug companies offer copay breaks to get big insurance payments

THE ADS FOR high-end prescription drugs seem ubiquitous. Invokana, Xarelto, Abilify, and Humira are just a few names familiar to anyone with a television. The drugs are some of the stars of the more than $5 billion in direct-to-consumer advertising the pharmaceutical industry does each year to convince patients to ask their doctors to prescribe(...)

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Senate President pushes drug bulk purchasing

Senate President pushes drug bulk purchasing

Rosenberg wants to pool buying power with other states

CONCERNED ABOUT THE RISING COST of pharmaceuticals, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg is pushing a budget proposal that would direct the state to use bulk purchasing to negotiate lower prices with drug manufacturers. The proposal builds on a House budget measure authorizing the state to purchase the drug naxalone, often marketed under the brand name Narcan,(...)

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