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Laurie Garrett @Laurie_Garrett
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TAKING ACTION TO PUT AMERICAN PATIENTS FIRST: President Donald J. Trump’s blueprint includes new actions and proposals to drive down drug prices for all Americans.
Every action point is code for pro-industry stances. [MORE]
whitehouse.gov/briefings-stat…
[cont2] Example: "Work across the Administration to address intellectual property theft and foreign freeloading."
Means oppose WTO TRIPS accord that allows tiered pricing for poor countries. And scream at Europe for having single-payer hlth that negotiates cheap [MORE]
[cont3] volume purchasing of drugs for their people, at lower prices.
Here's another: "Streamline and accelerate the approval process for over-the-counter drugs." This will have zero impact on costs of pharmaceuticals, which is where problem is. But more bogus crap will [MORE]
[cont4] reach your local drug store, inadequately tested, such as vitamins claiming to prevent dementia & flu "cures."
Another: "Avoid excessive pricing by relying more on value-based pricing by expanding outcome-based payments in Medicare and Medicaid."
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The concept of "value-based pricing" has swept throughout the #Trump Admin. But what is it? I'll let the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, Memorial Sloan Kettering explain:
jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/…
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As a matter of strategy this @WhiteHouse releases major, sweeping policies, like this one, in shorthand. On the face of it, they often seem ok, perhaps even great. It is only when you know the code that truth can be revealed -- and it's grim.
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