The Week in Review in Drug Pricing

What do FIFA and Pharma have in common? They’re both corrupt!
 
1. Common sense in the Commonwealth

  • This week, Patients For Affordable Drugs Now launched an ad campaign in support of plans from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and the state Senate to tackle high drug prices. — (The Boston Globe)


2. Oh, come on

  • Patients For Affordable Drugs Now submitted a letter to the FTC to request an investigation into suspected biologic and PBM antitrust behavior keeping lower-priced biosimilars out of patients’ reach. — (Axios)


3. Big Pharma on the stand

  • The DOJ wants a jury trial for Mallinckrodt, the company at the heart of a 97,000 percent price spike for a gel mainly used to treat infant seizures. — (CNN)
     

4. David update

  • David Mitchell, our founder, who lives with multiple myeloma, recorded a video message this week with an update on his cancer. — (Twitter)
     

5.  How do you lower drug prices?

  • GOP senators have asked PhRMA how they should lower drug prices. We have predicted PhRMA’s Magic 8 Ball answer: “Better not tell you now.” — (The Hill)