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Americans Fed Up With Soaring Drug Prices: HealthDay/Harris Poll

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – Americans are dismayed by sharp hikes in pharmaceutical prices, with more and more declaring their support for price caps on prescription drugs, according to the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll. Nine out of 10 adults blame pharmaceutical companies either "some" or "a lot" for the high cost of health care, and two-thirds blame them "a lot," the poll revealed. As a result, the proportion of Americans who support price controls or caps on drugs and medical devices has now increased to 81 percent. That's a steady rise from the 64 percent and 73 percent seen in similar Harris Poll surveys conducted in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Support for allowing Medicare to "negotiate prices on pharmaceuticals for all insurers" has also jumped from 66 percent in a 2015 poll to 74 percent in the latest poll. "The very large majorities of people who support tough government ... Read more

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Steep Rise in Price of Older Cancer Drugs

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – Many older cancer drugs took a bigger bite out of Medicare and older Americans' wallets last year than five years earlier, a new analysis finds. After adjusting for inflation, nearly two-thirds of 86 cancer medicines in the study had price increases between 2010 and 2015, researchers reported. Eleven drugs more than doubled in price, and older drugs increased more than newer drugs, the study found. The study included oral and intravenous chemotherapy drugs covered by Medicare Part B. Medicare is the federal health insurance plan for people 65 or older. "Higher costs lead to higher copays," said study co-author Dr. Sham Mailankody. He's a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. "And empiric research suggests higher copays lead to treatment delays or discontinuation," he added. Patients with Medicare Part B coverage are ... Read more

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Patent Monopolies Driving High U.S. Drug Prices: Study

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – Prescription drug prices are skyrocketing in the United States due in large part to government regulations, a new analysis finds. These regulations allow drug manufacturers to charge monopolistic prices that aren't opposed by competing market forces, the researchers believe. The result? For each person in the United States, $858 was spent on prescription drugs, compared with an average of $400 per person across 19 other industrialized nations. Prescription medications now comprise an estimated 17 percent of overall health care expenses, the authors of the new report said. Drug makers charge high prices for drugs thanks largely to "market exclusivity" regulations intended to allow them to recoup the research and development costs for new breakthrough medications, said senior author Ameet Sarpatwari. He's an instructor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard ... Read more

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Combo Treatment Protects Pregnant Women, Fetuses From Malaria in Study

Posted 10 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – A combination drug therapy widely used to treat malaria in adults also protects pregnant women and their fetuses from the disease, according to a new study. Malaria is a leading cause of premature birth, low birth weight and death among infants in Africa, the researchers said. Most Africans develop immunity to malaria by adulthood, but women lose some of this immunity during pregnancy and are given drugs to prevent infection. The recommended preventive drug is sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP), but the mosquito-transmitted parasite that causes malaria is often resistant to it. Researchers assessed whether the combination therapy dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP) – commonly used to treat malaria in adults – could prevent malaria in pregnant women. The study included 300 pregnant women in Uganda. Beginning in the 16th week of pregnancy, about one-third of the ... Read more

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Cheaper Alternative to Turing's Pricey Daraprim Soon Available

Posted 1 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

A low-cost alternative to the infection-fighting drug Daraprim will be available to patients as soon as next week. The price of Daraprim rose 5,000 percent after it was acquired by Turing Pharmaceuticals earlier this year. The drug is used to treat a parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis. On Tuesday, Imprimis Pharmaceuticals announced it found a backer to distribute a $1-per-pill alternative to the $750-a-pill Daraprim. The backer is Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefits management company in the United States, CNN reported. The active ingredient in Daraprim is pyrimethamine. The new drug is a compound of pyrimethamine and leucovorin. Express Scripts said it will collaborate with medical groups to educate doctors about the new drug, CNN reported. Read more

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Ebola Linked to Rise in Malaria Deaths in Guinea

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to have led to an increase in malaria deaths last year, a new study finds. Research in Guinea, one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, indicates an extra 74,000 cases of malaria went untreated in 2014, compared to previous years. As a result, deaths associated with malaria (a mosquito-borne disease) also rose and will likely exceed Ebola deaths in Guinea, researchers reported June 23 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. "One problem is that the early symptoms of malaria [fever, headache and body aches] mimic those of Ebola virus disease," said study author Dr. Mateusz Plucinski, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Malaria is one of the main causes of fever and health facilities visits in Guinea, but our data suggest that since the start of the Ebola epidemic, people with fevers ... Read more

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