prescription-drugs

COMMENTARY

Pa. House, Senate need to work together to rein prescription drug prices | Opinion

BY: - October 8, 2021

One in every two Pennsylvanians cannot afford the medications they need to manage their health.

COMMENTARY

Pa. House panel approves bill raising income limits for prescription drugs program | Friday Coffee

BY: - October 1, 2021

The bipartisan legislation sponsored by Reps. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, and Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks, is headed for the House floor.

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 18, 2021

The proposals were drafted based on President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” policy plan. The House Democrats’ outline may be altered in the Senate, where some senators want to tweak those policies (including getting those upgraded Medicare benefits to seniors sooner).

COMMENTARY

It’s long past time we stopped treating healthcare like a privilege | Opinion

BY: - August 29, 2021

It’s time to give Pennsylvanians much-needed relief -- it’s not only smart policy, it’s the right thing to do. 

State laws for prescription drug brokers soon could have teeth | Analysis

BY: - August 10, 2021

In 2020, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation aimed at increasing transparency for pharmacy benefit manager pricing practices in the state's Medical Assistance program.

COMMENTARY

Black Americans are more likely to be harmed by high drug prices. How one Pa. lawmaker is trying to help | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 13, 2021

Nearly 30 percent of people who take prescription medications struggle to afford them. The burden is disproportionately borne by Black Americans, a new report concludes.

Eleven generic versions of an HIV drug were rushed to market. And list prices went up. Why?

BY: - June 2, 2021

“Most generic medications are less than a bottle of Tylenol,” a pharmacist said. “We don’t need to pay for insurance to cover a bottle of Tylenol.”

COMMENTARY

High-priced specialty drugs: Exposing the flaws in the system | Opinion

BY: - January 14, 2020

High prescription drug costs are a widespread concern. For patients who need specialty drugs, though, the problem is even worse.

COMMENTARY
MEDICAID GRAPHIC

Pa’s Medicaid program is paying more than it needs to for prescription drugs. This is why | Opinion

BY: - September 5, 2019

Pharmacy Benefit Managers are huge for-profit companies that often pick the pockets of the patients they are supposed to be helping.

COMMENTARY

With big PHRMA: Big profits, but few answers | Opinion

BY: - April 18, 2019

It’s clear PHRMA cares more about its next dollar than it does the livelihood and well-being of the residents who shell out large sums of money for their medication.