Avalere Health Founder: Lowering Drug Cost Goes Beyond Cutting Prices

January 10, 2020

Reducing drug costs requires more than just reducing a drug’s list price, Avalere Health Founder Dan Mendelson writes in a recent article published on Forbes.

Mendelson points to PCSK9 inhibitors as an example. While the PCSK9 manufacturers slashed the list price in a bid to improve patient access, the complex nature of prescription drug benefit programs can create unforeseen consequences.

The drugs were ranked into a “non-preferred” tier of drugs, which meant patients had to shoulder a significant portion of the costs.

“This is a serious systemic failure,” he writes.

To read the full article on Forbes, click here.

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