Drug Discount Programs Create More Cloud In Quest For Transparency
Behind a popular drug discount program are pharmacy benefits managers and even drug companies themselves, raising questions about whether such businesses may yet be another player in an opaque and complicated supply chain that is facilitating higher US drug prices, even as the most prominent company in the space, GoodRx, routinely criticizes soaring list prices.
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Moderna CEO Reminds People About Value Of Government Negotiations At Senate Hearing
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Moderna CEO Hearing Highlights Dissatisfaction With Patient Assistance Programs
There was bipartisan agreement that Moderna needs to ensure that its patient assistance program will be easily accessible for under- and uninsured patients once the US switches to a commercial market for COVID vaccines – a sign of broader frustration with industry copay support initiatives.