The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) is a health policy research organization dedicated to the advancement of good evidence and science, and to fostering an environment in the United States that supports medical innovation.
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Characterizing Health Plan Evidence Review Practices
The study finds that some plans updated the evidence in their coverage policies for specialty medicines more often than others, and the type of evidence plans cited in their coverage policies…
Characterizing health plan evidence review practices: how often, how different, and how comprehensive?
All health care decisions should be evidence-based. Until now, it has been relatively unclear what goes into health plan evidence reviews. How frequently do health plans update their specialty drug…
An Oversimplified Drug Price Policy That Misses the Point
Drug price controls have a range of downstream consequences for the biopharmaceutical market and, more importantly, for patients.
E.V.I.dently® | August 2022
In this issue: Evidence and drug pricing policy, wages and access to care, the (minimal) costs of expanding pre-deductible coverage.
Predictors of Adherence to Oral Anticancer Medications: An Analysis of 2010-2018 U.S. Nationwide Claims
Low-income Medicare patients who face high out-of-pocket costs are less likely to remain adherent to oral anticancer medications. This research shows the need for strategies to address adherence and…
The Impact of Price Regulation on Innovation: What the Research Shows
Potential drug price controls have a range of downstream consequences for the biopharmaceutical market and, more importantly, for patients.
Predictors of Adherence to Oral Anticancer Medications: The Impact of Out-of-Pocket Costs
Biopharmaceutical innovation has led to an increase in the availability of oral anticancer medications (OAMs), but research shows that almost half of patients on OAMs do not take their medications as…
Impact of Real-Time Benefit Tools on Patients’ Access to Medications: A Retrospective Cohort Study
Study finds the use of Real-Time Prescription Benefit Tools results in higher fill rates and lower cancellation rates.
NPC’s John O’Brien Discusses March-in, Co-pays, and Patient Access
On a recent episode of VITAL HEALTH podcast, John M. O’Brien discusses the health care ecosystem and the importance of fostering biopharmaceutical innovation and improving patient access.
Premium Impact of Expanding Pre-Deductible Coverage to Chronic Disease Management Medications in HSA-Eligible Health Plans
An NPC-funded study found the impact on premiums of expanding pre-deductible coverage to 116 drug classes related to chronic disease management medications in HSA-eligible health plans is small …
Health Care Spending Effectiveness: Estimates Suggest that Spending Improved U.S. Health from 1996 to 2016
This research assessed the effectiveness of U.S. health care spending by comparing changes in health outcomes and found that, overall, innovations in health care are creating more cost-effective care…
Health Policy Fellow to Professor: Growth, Overcoming Challenges and the Road to Success
After two years as NPC's health policy fellow, Dr. Salama Freed takes a moment to reflect as we celebrate the next step in her career journey.
Bringing the Patient Voice Into Benefit Design
Diverse populations have diverse needs, and that's why NPC Chairman Steven Romano says benefit design and coverage policies should start with the patient in mind.
Commentary: "New York Times Piece on Drug Market Ignores the Data (and Reality)"
NPC's President and CEO John M. O'Brien addresses research using politically expedient shortcuts and the consequences on policy...and patients.
Wage and Its Impact on Access and Adherence to Specialty Medications
Research found that lower-wage employees faced higher out-of-pocket costs, were less likely to use specialty medicines than higher-income workers and relied more regularly on emergency room care.
Specialty Drug and Healthcare Utilization Vary by Wage Level in Employer-Sponsored Health Plans
This research shows that low-wage employees are less likely use autoimmune medicines than employees who earn more despite a higher prevalence of autoimmune conditions in low-wage employees. These…
NPC Comments on the Medicare Program's Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems
NPC's comments to CMS focus on recent proposals related to the transition to National Drug Codes for New Technology Add-on Payments and recommendations regarding payment mechanisms to improve access…
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