Changing The Subject (Part 1): Stop Trying To “Win” The Drug Pricing Debate
This article was originally published in RPM Report
When it comes to pricing, it is worth remembering that the interests of buyers and sellers can never be truly aligned. So rather than trying to “win” the drug pricing debate, the pharmaceutical industry may be better served by steering it into new areas. We plan to propose some big ideas that might work in that direction.
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Changing the Subject (Part 2): Turning Turing Around By Offering A “National Center Of Pharmaceutical Supply”
Rather than try to “win” the drug pricing debate, the biopharma sector may be better served by coming up with new ideas to change the subject. We outlined our case for taking this approach – and the model for ideas that serve that goal – here. Now we offer the first proposal: a national center for off-patent pharmaceutical production.
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