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Update from the Drug Pricing Working Group

By Bruce Rector
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The Doctors for America Drug Price & Value Campaign team leaders Dennis Deruelle, Justin Lowenthal, Bruce Rector, and Mark Rood are actively working to inform, encourage, and empower physicians to join discussions on healthcare value and pharmaceutical prices. We are at a critical moment in discussions about reforming our system of pricing drugs, as is evident by heavy media coverage and the surfeit of politicians proposing initiatives to address high drug costs. The US has long had a problem with the rising costs of drugs and the unaffordability of prescriptions to our patients as well as the healthcare system as a whole. We plan to lead the push for solutions in order to foster a health care system that leads in innovation while also delivering medicines that are both affordable and effective. There are many innovative proposals on the table and moving forward will require the perspectives of all stakeholders. We must ensure that the perspective of physicians are included at the table so that we can advocate on behalf of our patients and for the good of the health care system that serves them.

Our team leaders have been actively participating in national and local meetings on drug prices to learn more about possible solutions, to provide the DFA provider perspective on initiatives, and to focus the debate on our patients needs.  Among these high levels meetings are the HHS Pharmaceutical Forum (Bruce), Academy Health National Health Policy Conference (Mark), Center for American Progress Stakeholder Roundtable on Drug Costs (Bruce), John Hopkins Symposium on Prescription Drug Pricing: New Solutions (Justin), and alternative payment reform discussions (Dennis). As part of these, we want to get our membership involved! We will be holding educational events, providing resources, delivering breaking news updates about recent price increases, cataloging legislative initiatives relevant to local DFA chapters, and developing tools for our members to use in their communities when discussing drug prices and their value for our patients and health care system. We also plan to survey the DFA membership to learn more about their particular views, including stories of how drug prices have affected patients they care for and particular policy issues about which they are most passionate. Please contact one of us to get additional information and to become involved! We welcome any and all input, as there is much that we can be doing. Check back here on the blog for additional information on our campaign.  

Bruce Rector is the New York State Director.

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