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U.S. health secretary says agency can eliminate drug rebates

By Reuters

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency's power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration's plan to lowRead full story

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  • Amy Miller
    Amy MillerPresident at Miller Mediation and Solution

    The funny thing about the government: it can’t give you anything it has not already taken away.

    The prices for drugs are out of control. The use of medications is 70% of Americans are on one prescription and 20% have over 5 prescriptions per a recent study done by Mayo Clinic.

    I would rather our government promotes initiatives to get people to take less medication. I have my doctors know I want them to recommend solutions which are not in a pill format - exercises, nutrition and balanced living.

  • Louise Carbonneau
    Louise Carbonneau

    Please read friends of USA . You have to wonder why they want to revoke rebates on meds

  • Patricia Lincourt
    Patricia LincourtSocial Worker

    This could be a good thing or a terrible one. What would be the replacement for PBMs? The goodwill of the drug companies without any negotiating pressure? What were they saying about Azar and his connections to pharma?

  • Laura Sheehan
    Laura SheehanClinical Manager at HHS

    If you want more affordable medication introduce a single payer universal pharmacare program. This eliminates price competition amongst drug companies and will drive cost down. It is a model that most first world countries use. Given the rise of chronic conditions that require medical management it would produce significant cost savings.

  • James D. Becker
    James D. Becker

    The entire US health system needs overhauling. Making a profit on people’s health needs is essentially wrong.

  • Eliminate them, they make no sense. Basically a rebate provides the manufacturer a way to charge a different price to different people which I believe is technically illegal. We don’t allow the to charge a different price, why allow them to give some people rebates?

    Also, does anyone realize why drugs cost as much as they do? Not only do they have to manufacture and follow strict rules, they also have to research and invent the medications. The more costly to research and perfect, the more the drug

    Eliminate them, they make no sense. Basically a rebate provides the manufacturer a way to charge a different price to different people which I believe is technically illegal. We don’t allow the to charge a different price, why allow them to give some people rebates?

    Also, does anyone realize why drugs cost as much as they do? Not only do they have to manufacture and follow strict rules, they also have to research and invent the medications. The more costly to research and perfect, the more the drug will cost . Strip down their pricing drastically, there will not be any new drugs coming out.

  • John Dubé
    John Dubé

    Everyone wants to wet their beak.......a piece of the action and to please the shareholders........at the expense of the sick , the infirm and the dying........is it only me who thinks this is wrong.......you guys really need to look at the Canadian system........everyone contributes......everyone gets taken care of.........no opting out!

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