Volume VI, Issue 19

May 13, 2019
White House requires Big Pharma to list drug prices on TV ads as soon as this summer 
Berkeley Lovelace, Jr. reports for CNBC on May 8, 2019:

Pharmaceutical companies will be required to disclose the price of its prescription medicines in television commercials, the Trump administration says. The requirement is set to take effect as soon as this summer and will apply to drugs that cost more than $35 for a month's supply. High drug costs have become a rare bipartisan issue with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle demanding something be done.

"Requiring the inclusion of drugs' list prices in TV ads is the single most significant step any administration has taken toward a simple commitment: American patients deserve to know the prices of the healthcare they receive," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. Administration officials hope added price transparency will help control runaway costs.

Pregnancy-related death mostly preventable
Reuters reports on May 7 regarding a recent CDC finding:
Some 700 women in the United States die from pregnancy-related complications each year, up to a year after giving birth, and the deaths are usually preventable, according to a study released by U.S. health officials on Tuesday. One-third of pregnancy-related deaths, often from heart disease or strokes, occur from one week up to a year after birth, while a third occurs during pregnancy, and one-third at delivery or in the week after, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The study looked at four years of national data on pregnancy mortality and four years of data from 13 state maternal mortality review committees.
"Ensuring quality care for mothers throughout their pregnancies and postpartum should be among our nation's highest priorities," said CDC Director Robert Redfield in a statement.
Employed docs outnumber self-employed
For the first time in the United States, employed physicians outnumber self-employed physicians, according to a newly updated study on physician practice arrangements by the American Medical Association (AMA). This milestone marks the continuation of a long-term trend that has slowly shifted the distribution of physicians away from ownership of private practices. Employed physicians were 47.4% of all patient care physicians in 2018, up 6% points since 2012. In contrast, self-employed physicians were 45.9% of all patient care physicians in 2018, down 7% points since 2012.

 "Transformational change continues in the delivery of health care and physicians are responding by reevaluating their practice arrangements," said AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, MD. "Physicians must assess many factors and carefully determine for themselves what settings they find professionally rewarding when considering independence or employment."
Read the 5.6.19 AMA press release.



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