2023 Annual Report

In 2023, NPC conducted policy-relevant research and analysis to foster evidence-based health policy discussions and decision-making. Learn more in our Annual Report.

NPC's 2023 Annual ReportIn 2023, new developments and shifts in the health policy landscape brought a renewed imperative to root decisions in evidence. These included the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act’s drug pricing provisions, the continued expansion of the 340B program, growing scrutiny of PBM practices, deepening concerns over value assessment practices, and other issues. Learn how NPC took on these complex challenges and helped keep patients at the center of health policy discussions by driving rigorous research and timely analysis, and communicating it to stakeholders.

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​​​​John O'BrienThe work of the National Pharmaceutical Council has never been more relevant — or more important. NPC conducts policy-relevant research about the value of biopharmaceutical innovation and communicates it with impact. We provide evidence to bolster the case for the value of innovation in medicine.

In 2024, we celebrate our 70th year, and I’m pleased that today we are better positioned to educate leaders about what data and research say than ever before. Our policy-relevant research agenda and communications-forward approach mean we are playing an important role leading conversations in a dynamic health policy environment. Our work has been energized by a leadership team with deep experience in the current battles happening in both commercial and government health policy.

This work is only growing more important. We are living in an age of remarkable innovation and an environment threatened by misinformation that is shaping policy and public opinion. 2024 promises to bring new challenges. Our team has built new capabilities to respond and is actively engaging. We look forward to continuing to increase our impact in 2024 and will continue our 70-year legacy of conducting rigorous and trusted research that stakeholders rely on and value.

John O'Brien
John M. O’Brien, PharmD, MPH 
President and CEO 


From our earliest work on patient access to our most recent focus on the Inflation Reduction Act’s Drug Price Negotiation Program, NPC has spent the last 70 years as a leader in health policy research. Over those seven decades, the organization has continued to thrive as we conduct policy-relevant research and communicate it with impact. NPC at 70

NPC has been ahead of the curve on health policy issues right from the start, with an early focus on drug safety and generic substitution issues 30 years before the Hatch-Waxman Act and long before any kind of labeling or equivalence standards went into effect. Our history contains so many big moments in health policy. The creation of Medicare in the ‘60s. The Hatch-Waxman Act in the ‘80s. The Medicare Drug Rebate Program and the rest of OBRA ‘90. The Medicare Modernization Act in 2003 and the Affordable Care Act in 2010. And most recently, the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022.

We haven’t just witnessed 70 years of change within our industry; we’ve published policy-relevant research that has helped shape the impact of those changes to benefit patients and protect both access to innovation and the ecosystem that supports future innovation.

Over the years, NPC has shaped the pharmaceutical industry in many ways. For decades, we published the Compilation, which tracked pharmaceutical benefits under Medicaid. Archive - Pharmaceutical Benefits Under State Medical Assistance Programs

Fellowship read moreWe worked to help develop the next generation of leaders by starting an internship program with the American Pharmaceutical Association (a program that launched the career trajectories for numerous professionals, some of whom now sit on NPC committees as representatives of our member companies), and we’ve continued this legacy of work through collaborative fellowships such as the Rutgers-NPC Health Policy & Communications Fellowship.

We’ve raised awareness about medication adherence, examined the impact of closed versus open formularies, called attention to the importance of recognizing individual patient differences, published guiding practices for patient-centered value assessment, examined the unintended consequences of policy changes, and raised concerns about barriers to patient access through rigorous and often peer-reviewed research and analysis.

Over the past decade, NPC has worked extensively to help transform the value assessment field and educate stakeholders on the science and judgment that make up health technology assessments. NPC has raised the bar on real-world evidence, recognizing the value of biopharmaceuticals, highlighting the need for increased access to care, and emphasizing the importance of continued innovation across all sectors of our healthcare system. 

QuoteWe live in a golden age of medical innovation, with biopharmaceutical scientists discovering and developing incredible new treatments that now include durable therapies and even cures. However, the healthcare marketplace is trying to pay for these advances with an outdated payment system, and attempts at policy interventions too often seem guided by political expediency rather than arriving at evidence-driven solutions. Patients need access to these innovations, and we need as much innovation in how the healthcare marketplace pays for medicines as we see in the labs of our member companies. 

Good policy requires good research questions and methods. NPC will continue to conduct rigorous research and work to educate stakeholders, as it has for the last 70 years, to inform the work to improve patients’ lives and benefit society. 

NPC IN 2023

NPC adds to eadership team in 2023

Leading the health policy environment in 2023 was the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act’s Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program — but it was far from the only issue. Ongoing debate about pharmacy benefit managers, march-in rights, benefit design, healthcare costs, and drug prices also shaped the conversations — and NPC’s research pipeline. 

Amidst such a challenging policy environment, NPC added new leadership to its team — bringing new energy and ensuring the organization was fit for purpose heading into 2024. In July, NPC welcomed Jon Campbell, PhD, as Chief Science Officer and Michael Pratt as Chief Communications Officer. In December, Kimberly Westrich, MA, joined the Executive Leadership team as Chief Strategy Officer. The NPC team drove the organization to increased awareness, engagement, and impact in the second half of 2023 with great momentum heading into 2024. 

On the research side, NPC continued focus on three strategic priority areas: to examine and explain the true cost of medicines and the value they provide, address critical issues of value assessment and other approaches used to impact drug pricing and the downstream effect on innovation, and educate policy stakeholders and the public on the underlying issues that impact patient access. NPC closed the year with 9 peer-reviewed publications published or accepted for publication. 

NPC also worked to communicate its research with impact. NPC leaders spoke at key industry events and conferences, published thought leadership and commentary, and worked to share insights with external stakeholders — all leading to a growing number of patient groups, associations, and opinion leaders engaging with our work and sharing it with their audiences. NPC also closed the year with nearly double the number of media mentions in 2023 compared to 2022, including important news coverage related to the IRA.

In December, NPC launched a weekly newsletter, NPC This Week, to provide decision-makers with timely NPC research and analysis related to the policy and industry conversations that are impacting the future of innovation and access.  

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Finally, NPC returned to its convening roots in a meaningful way in 2023, bringing multistakeholder voices to engage with our research, our team, our Board, and our members.


• Policy-Relevant Research 

Highlights of NPC’s research publications in 2023 include:

The second half of the year saw an increased focus on the Inflation Reduction Act and its Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program. 

• Communicating With Impact

The intense health policy debate over how to make innovative treatments available and accessible to patients creates a noisy environment, often driven by talking points rather than evidence. To help inform a more substantive discussion that can yield sustainable, patient-centered solutions, NPC works to amplify published research and analysis. Our communications and engagement efforts help connect NPC's researchers and experts with journalists covering complex health policy topics, advocacy organizations working to navigate the policy landscape on behalf of the patients they serve, and professionals attending meetings and conferences throughout the year. 

While regulatory or professional guidelines can often seem arcane, the success or failure of health policies in improving the care patients can access depends on guidance that reflects the best available evidence and navigates the challenges of real-world implementation. To inform the efforts of regulatory agencies and other organizations, NPC developed and submitted six comment letters responding to comment periods in 2023, distilling important takeaways from NPC’s body of research. Letters were submitted to Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), largely focusing on the implementation of the IRA’s Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program (DPNP) Letters were also submitted to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) on their value assessment framework.

Read NPC's Comments on the CMS Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program

Subscribe to NPC This WeekIn 2023, NPC launched NPC This Week, a timely look-ahead newsletter on the policy, research, and industry conversations that impact the future of biopharmaceutical innovation. We continued to offer the CER Daily Newsfeed®, a daily summary of health policy research activities and news from around the world, as well as new analysis and perspectives through the NPC blog.

NPC’s research and analysis created many opportunities for thought leadership. In 2023, we saw nearly double the number of mentions of NPC in the media and online. Our research and analysis was featured in news coverage of important events such as IRA DPNP Implementation milestones.

We expanded our LinkedIn audience while continuing to reach top stakeholders in government, industry, academia, and the broader healthcare community. These online interactions translated into follow-up engagement and education opportunities with industry experts, researchers, and policymakers looking to leverage NPC’s body of work in pressing policy conversations.

NPC’s leaders, including Drs. O’Brien and Campbell, were also featured speakers at many industry conferences, specialty societies, and academic institutions. Alongside other members of the NPC research team, they highlighted takeaways from NPC’s portfolio of work on a range of topics including pricing, patient access and pharmacoequity, PBM reform, the 340B program, value assessment frameworks, and alternative payment models. This included direct interactions with federal policymakers: At ISPOR 2023, Dr. O’Brien shared the stage with CMS’s Center for Medicare Director Meena Seshamani as part of a panel on “Affordability and Inward Investment – What does it Mean for HEOR?” And at the Annual Forum of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, Dr. O’Brien shared the stage with Commissioner Alvaro Bedoya of the Federal Trade Commission. 

John O'Brien at ISPOR 2023NPC’s engagement with organizations often focused on helping to cultivate the next generation of health policy professionals. NPC has sponsored events and been a frequent guest of student sections of professional organizations, including ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPho), and AcademyHealth. Drs. O’Brien and Campbell also served as guest lecturers at several universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Rutgers University, Tufts University, the University of Colorado, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Miami. Our team has also been actively sharing our research and connecting with future leaders on LinkedIn.

This year, we also saw Hill staff, former government officials, trade associations, prominent industry thought leaders, and leaders from patient advocacy groups and provider organizations circulate, share, and engage with our work, encouraging others to read and use our research and comment letters. NPC believes its research must be used in order to be useful, and will continue to build capabilities and programming to educate more decisionmakers about its research in 2024. 

NPC in the media


NPC is a member-based nonprofit organization supported by leading biopharmaceutical companies committed to facilitating rigorous and timely research that gets to the heart of pressing health policy issues. 

NPC does not engage in political advocacy. NPC conducts health policy research, which is frequently published in respected peer-reviewed journals.  NPC also engages regularly in multistakeholder initiatives, conferences, and other industry dialogues. 

Each member company is represented on NPC’s Board of Directors and helps to inform the research agenda through participation on various Board-level committees, the Research Work Group, and the Policy and Communications Work Group or through Corresponding Officers. 

In addition to our public resources, NPC develops materials exclusively for members — examples include special issue briefs detailing the impact of developments in the healthcare landscape on the biopharmaceutical industry. We also provide educational resources, practical tools, analytical papers, access to expert consultation, and support for member meetings. 

NPC Member Companies 2023

Board of Directors


Christine G. Marsh (Chair) 
Senior Vice President, Market Access 
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

Christian Nguyen (Vice Chair & Treasurer) 
Senior Vice President, Value, Evidence and Outcomes 
Eli Lilly and Company 

Jeremy Allen (Member-At-Large) 
Head, Government Affairs 
Spark Therapeutics, Inc. 

Shontelle Dodson (Member-At-Large) 
Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs Head 
Astellas Pharma, Inc 


Dana Lawlor 
Vice President, Market Access Strategy 

Ruth Hoffman 
Executive Director, US Health Policy Strategy and Industry Trends 
Amgen, Inc. 
Mohit Manrao 
Senior Vice President, Head of US Oncology  
Edward W. Feeley 
Senior Vice President, Head of Market Access 
Bayer U.S. LLC 
Chris Leibman 
Senior Vice President, Head of Value and Access & Public Policy and Government Affairs 
Chris Mancill 
Senior Vice President and Head, Worldwide Value, Access, Payment & Health Economics and Outcomes Research  
Bristol Myers Squibb 
Jan E. Hansen 
Vice President, Evidence for Access Medical Unit 
Genentech, Inc. 
Rekha Ramesh 
Vice President and Head of Global Policy 
Gilead Sciences 

Beth Rada 
Vice President, Government and Public Affairs 
Horizon Therapeutics 
Blasine Penkowski 
Chief Strategic Customer Officer, Janssen North America 
Johnson & Johnson 

Kate Robinson  
Vice President, US Market – Integrated Account Management 

Courtney Piron 
Vice President and Head, US Public Affairs and US Country President 
Novartis Services, Inc. 

Rick Dudek 
Senior Vice President, US Market Access 
Pfizer Inc. 

Trent McLaughlin 
Executive Director, Global Market Access & Evidence 
Sarepta Therapeutics 

Phil Naughten 
Vice President, Value & Evidence Generation, US Medical 
Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. 

Patty Fritz 
Head, U.S. Corporate Affairs 

John M. O’Brien (ex officio) 
President and CEO 
National Pharmaceutical Council 


As of December 31, 2023 

John M. O’Brien, PharmD, MPH, President & Chief Executive Officer 

Jonathan D. (Jon) Campbell, PhD, Chief Science Officer  

Kimberly Westrich, MA, Chief Strategy Officer 

Michael Pratt, Chief Communications Officer 

Robert J. Nordyke, PhD, Vice President of Research 

Julie Patterson, PharmD, PhD, Senior Director of Research 

Tyler D. Wagner, PharmD, PhD, Associate Director of Research 

James Motyka, PharmD, Research Associate 

Gabri’el Shabazz, MPH, Research Coordinator 

Rayan Salih, PharmD, Rutgers-NPC 2023 - 2025 Health Policy & Communications Fellow 

Tanya Bailey, MS, Head of Membership and Meetings

Sue Grimes, Executive Assistant 

Nicole Reynolds Berry, Director of Administration