The U.S. Drug Pricing Problem: How Did We Get Here?

September 23, 2021 0 Comments

by Dhiksha Balaji In the United States, we spend more on prescription medications than any other country – even though we don’t use more than others. And medications are only becoming more expensive. Between the years 2000 to 2017, drug spending in the United States grew by 76%. Spending is expected to increase faster than …

Doctors for America Statement on Women’s Health & Reproductive Rights

September 14, 2021 0 Comments

On September 1, 2021 Texas enacted Senate Bill 8 severely restricting abortion access and the ability to provide abortion care in Texas. Abortion is an essential aspect of evidence-based healthcare. Like all patients, individuals seeking an abortion should have the same right to autonomy, respect, privacy, and support when making medical decisions. Pregnant people obtain …

Physician Member Spotlight: Juliana Morris

September 9, 2021 0 Comments

What part of medicine fascinates you the most? People are so complex. What it takes to connect with someone and build a relationship – it’s not about asking the right questions, it’s about HOW you ask the questions. Connecting symptoms to pathology, given how complex and unique every person is – that’s what I find …

Prescription Drug Affordability Boards and State-Led Effort to Control Drug Pricing

September 2, 2021 0 Comments

by David Hirsh Unlike other comparable countries, in the United States, prescription drugs prices are not set or regulated by the federal government. The out-of-pocket costs that patients face for the drugs physicians prescribe are ultimately a function of a combination of interests divided among stakeholders including pharmaceutical companies, insurers, and pharmacy benefit managers. However, …

Member Spotlight: David Hirsch

July 2, 2021 0 Comments

David S. Hirsh MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine, and the Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at Grady Memorial Hospital and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Atlanta VA Medical Center. He is a new member of DFA’s Drug Affordability National Steering Committee and has also …

DFA Celebrates Pride Month

June 21, 2021 0 Comments

Happy Pride Month!  Regardless of what specialty you are in, you will have patients who are part of the diverse LGBTQ+ community. Treating these patients includes understanding that they come from various racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds and have a wide range of experiences. Learning about LGBTQ-centered care can be an asset in any …

Physician Elizabeth Boggs, MD advocates for state legislation to lower drug costs

June 9, 2021 0 Comments

Hand on the doorknob, I braced myself before entering my patient’s room. After a six-week hospitalization for COVID pneumonia that included a complicated intensive care unit stay, he was eager to return home to his wife and two young children. I had bad news for him. He would need months of treatment for fungal pneumonia, …