Critics proven wrong again on medicine spending

| December 9, 2015

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Recent comments from pharmacy benefit managers and insurers disprove – once again – the fallacious claims previously made about spending on new innovative medicines. Over the past year, payers claimed life-changing treatments and cures for hepatitis C and high cholesterol would bankrupt the health care system and wreak financial havoc. Yet just last week, Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefits manager in the U.S., proudly tweeted “Hepatitis C is the first example where price is lower in the U.S. vs. Western Europe because of our negotiations.” And in October, they touted they can include both new cholesterol-lowering medicines, called PCSK9 inhibitors, on its national list of covered medicines thanks in part.

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