Crystal Foretia
Sep 19, 2017

Rural Hospitals Can't Take Drug Prices

1 comment

According to Scientific American, rural hospitals are forced to buy drugs at full price due to an Obamacare provision. Scientific American says a "25-bed hospital pays $8,010 for a single dose of Activase — up nearly 200 percent from $2,708 a decade ago. Yet, just 36 miles down the road, a bigger regional hospital gets an 80 percent discount on the same drug." Rural hospitals are a part of 304B discount program, but they cannot get discounts on rare disease medication (Orphan Exclusion). How should the government address this problem? How should drug discount programs be restructured for hospitals, if at all?

Source:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/without-price-breaks-rural-hospitals-struggle-to-stock-costly-lifesaving-drugs/

Rachna Shah
Sep 19, 2017

The last minute orphan drug exclusion does negatively impact rural hospitals and their patients, and in my opinion, should not have been included.

New Posts
  • Crystal Foretia
    Jul 4, 2018

    What are your thoughts on this article? Source: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/395483-pfizer-hikes-prices-on-dozens-of-drugs
  • Crystal Foretia
    Apr 30, 2018

    CNN contributor and science guru Dr. Sanjay Gupta did a special segment on Sunday, "Weed 4: Pot vs. Pills," detailing the medicinal benefits of cannabis, particularly as it pertains to avoiding and treating addition to opiate-based painkillers. In it, he speaks to drug abusers who use weed to combat their addiction. One football player even said that marijuana being a gateway drug was a myth. In the linked article, Sanjay describes how using prescribed opiates to reduce pain can become "a vicious cycle." Do you think marijuana can, or should, be used to solve the opiate epidemic? Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/29/health/medical-marijuana-opioids/index.html
  • Crystal Foretia
    Apr 10, 2018

    What are your thoughts on this article? What policies should the commission implement and how? Source: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/4/9/17215006/opioid-epidemic-trump-elizabeth-warren-patty-murray