Prescription Drugs

A Potentially Deadly Case of Sticker Shock

May 11, 2020

Summary: It’s a potentially deadly case of sticker shock. A North Carolina doctor tells us that Senator Thom Tillis’ votes to allow insurance companies to stop covering prescription drugs could have been devastating. “I spend at least a third of my day trying to help patients get the medicine they need – but they simply […]

Sen. Tillis should fight for public health, not his Big Pharma donors’ profits

Sen. Tillis should fight for public health, not his Big Pharma donors’ profits

April 29, 2020
North Carolina Policy Watch

Summary: Senator Thom Tillis received over $150,000 from the pharmaceutical industry for his campaign in 2019, and ranked first in Congress for donations from political action committees associated with drug companies. Margarida Jorge and Pat McCoy write a stinging analysis of the dangerous impacts on public policy due to the outsized influence of Big Pharma.

Big Pharma invests millions as Congress readies drug pricing bills

September 25, 2019
Center for Responsive Politics

SUMMARY: The battle over prescription drug prices continues in Congress.    Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies are upping campaign contributions – as sweeping legislation aimed at lowering drug prices heads to the floor.   North Carolinians know that drug costs are too high. Democrats are in favor of giving Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices. Nine in ten […]

No end in sight to rising drug prices, study finds

No end in sight to rising drug prices, study finds

May 1, 2019
NBC News

SUMMARY: Studies are showing what many North Carolinians already know: prescription drug prices continue to rise. NBC News reports in-depth on a Scripps Research Translational Institute study that shows the actual increase in drug prices over a six-year period from 2012-2017. Among the urgent finds were that across the most common prescription drugs the average increase […]

Trump Proposals Could Increase Health Costs for Consumers

Trump Proposals Could Increase Health Costs for Consumers

January 21, 2019
The New York Times

SUMMARY: In depth reporting from The New York Times shows that a prescription drug proposal by the Trump administration might drive up prices for patients trying to access the drugs prescribed by their doctors. Health insurance plans have annual limits for how much a customer will have to pay out-of-pocket in a single year. In […]

Obamacare repeal could crush your retiree medical costs

Obamacare repeal could crush your retiree medical costs

February 7, 2017
CNBC

SUMMARY: While most coverage of the Affordable Care Act was about its efforts to make sure more people had health insurance, it also has important provisions to lower prescription drug prices. CNBC wrote at length about how the repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act could result in higher prescription drug costs for some […]