Regulatory Issues

Is Innovation the Answer to America’s Opioid Epidemic?

June 22, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration has approved two generic versions of an innovative drug to treat opioid addiction, increasing available treatment options for Americans fighting addiction.  The move underscores a growing realization among policymakers, regulators and industry: to address the opioid crisis, innovative solutions must be readily available.

What President Trump’s Drug Pricing Plan Means for Cancer Patients

June 1, 2018

As the global cancer community convenes for the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, one question looms large: What will President Donald Trump’s blueprint to lower drug prices mean for patient access?  Especially for cancer patients, who may take several medications or live on a fixed income?

Where President Trump, U.S. Senators & Physicians Align

May 15, 2018

New research suggests that President Donald Trump, U.S. senators and the country’s physicians may agree on at least one thing: the federal 340B drug pricing program deserves more scrutiny.  Designed to encourage care for indigent and underinsured patients, the program has ballooned into a revenue stream for growing hospital systems.

Huntington’s Disease Patients Aim for Parity

May 11, 2018

This month, patients with Huntington’s disease are asking for what worked for patients with ALS and other debilitating diseases–parity to accessing Medicare benefits.  The request is a focal point for May’s Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month.

Patents, Progress & Patient Access

April 10, 2018

Could a recent memorandum from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office impact treatment options for patients?  Washington, DC’s nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center says: Yes.

What Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You

March 29, 2018

Patients overpay for their prescriptions 23 percent of the time, a recently released study from the University of Southern California found.  What’s worse – some pharmacists can’t tell patients when they’re paying too much.