Sea Change In Drug Assistance Programs May Be On Horizon

By Clint Hermes and Jennifer Michael (July 15, 2021, 5:17 PM EDT) -- High-cost biologics continue to command a growing share of the overall pharmaceutical market, placing an increasing financial strain on both patients and payors.[1]

Some pharmaceutical manufacturers and patient advocacy groups believe that the government should promote patient access to expensive therapies by allowing manufacturers to subsidize federal health care beneficiaries' cost-sharing obligations for the manufacturers' own drugs.

Others, including government agencies, are concerned that allowing manufacturers to subsidize the cost-sharing obligations for their own drugs may threaten the sustainability of Medicare and other federal health care programs. Both may be right, leaving the industry at a crossroads.

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