As Washington Waits On Pricing Proposals, A Call For A Reset In R&D Debate
Policymakers should clarify link between high drug prices and innovation and figure out how to “rebalance” high prices with non-price innovation incentives before proceeding with policies aimed directly at lowering prices, Conti and David propose in the Health Affairs Blog.
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