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Humira manufacturer’s efforts to block generic options challenged in court

The maker of Humira, the world’s best-selling drug, faces a new legal challenge over alleged anticompetitive tactics. Monday, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) filed an amicus brief in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that AbbVie’s strategies of reverse payment settlements and creating “patent thickets” have delayed the entry of biologically similar generic drugs (biosimilars) onto the market, costing Americans billions of dollars.

I testified today in favor of An Act to ensure prescription drug cost transparency and affordability (H. 1133/S. 706) that will reduce the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, make pharmaceutical costs and pricing more transparent, and as a result reduce the cost of health care.

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Prices of common medications can vary by hundreds of dollars

[Boston]: While many Americans struggle to afford their prescription drugs, a new survey of retail prices of commonly-prescribed medications found patients can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars in some cases by shopping around at pharmacies within their communities.

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The Real Price of Medications

While many Americans struggle to afford their prescription drugs, a new survey of retail prices of commonly-prescribed medications found patients can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars in some cases by shopping around at pharmacies within their communities.

Right to Repair is a simple way to cut health care costs

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

Cost containment is is a critical first step in addressing the deep faults in our health care system - it's hard to image fixing problems of access if we continue to be charged $15 for a Tylenol pill or $1,000 for a toothbrush. It turns out that overpriced equipment repair helps add to those inflated costs.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection, Health Care

Second recall of King Bio’s homeopathic drugs in the past month

King Bio Inc. issued the second significant voluntary recall since late July of their homeopathic drugs on Wednesday. Safety concerns over homeopathic drugs extend beyond King Bio as over the past several years, the FDA has issued recalls to several companies for a variety of health products from zinc-containing intranasal medicine to asthma drugs with toxic ingredients. 

MASSPIRG joined with consumer, public health, faith and provider organizations in calling on state lawmakers to include measures to provide for prescription drug pricing transparency and ends the practice of surprise billing in final health care bill currently being negotiated in a joint House and Senate Conference Committee. See out letters below that call on the committee to adopt these 2 consumer protections. 

MASSPIRG joined consumer groups and health insurers in opposing and extension of RX drug marketing gimmicks that increase cost of Rx drugs and health care overall.  

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