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Patient groups abound in formulary debate, but who funds them?

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Legislation introduced this Session – HB 95 and SB 182 – seeks to change the current drug formulary system utilized by health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers. Both bills have received significant support from “patient advocacy groups” during the course of the debate. But who are these so-called patient groups, and how are they funded? Well, a recent New England Journal of Medicine paper titled, “Conflicts of Interest for Patient-Advocacy Organizations,” which has been widely reported on, including in a…

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Martin Dyckman: EpiPen debacle demonstrates need for price controls

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“Your money or your life,” a laugh line for the great comedian Jack Benny, must be the business model of the American pharmaceutical industry. It’s time for a serious national discussion on establishing price controls over Big Pharma. The latest provocation is the staggering increase in the price of the EpiPen, a necessity for people with life-threatening food and bee-sting allergies. The two-dose pack that cost about $100 in 2007 is priced at around $600 now. A different company sells…

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Meridien Research named in lawsuit for research fraud

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Tampa-based Meridien Research could be in some pretty hot water. A former nurse for the medical research company is seeking damages in Hillsborough court as a whistleblower after she claims she was fired for uncovering research fraud. According to lawsuit documents, Cindy Anne Mannis worked as site director at Meridien’s Tampa location along with Dr. Cynthia Huffman, the site’s principal investigator. Meridien conducts clinical drug trials for major pharmaceutical and biotech companies that are seeing FDA approval on new medicines.…

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