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Are “Bad Drug” Ads Bad for Patients?

Some 2 million Americans take blood thinners.  Nearly 30 million have diabetes. Tens of thousands more treat heartburn or cancer with medication prescribed by their doctor.  Chances are, these patients’ attention piques when they hear the medicine they take followed by “medical alert” or “warning” blaring from their television.  Many, including senior citizens, might even abandon their prescribed medicines out of fear.

Where President Trump, U.S. Senators & Physicians Align

New research suggests that President Donald Trump, U.S. senators and the country’s physicians may agree on at least one thing: the federal 340B drug pricing program deserves more scrutiny.  Designed to encourage care for indigent and underinsured patients, the program has ballooned into a revenue stream for growing hospital systems.

Europeans Work to Turn Health Care Rights into Realities

by Brian Kennedy, Executive Director, Alliance for Patient Access Declaring equal rights is a noble gesture.  But history teaches us that it is just the first step in a complex, years-long process – actually establishing and protecting those rights. I was reminded of this reality just recently, when I spoke at a meeting of the European […]

New Study: Aligning Rx Refill Dates Improves Patient Adherence

New research confirms that patients are more likely to follow their medication regimen if they receive all prescription drugs at the same time each month. Known as “synchronization,” the concept was the focus of a University of Pennsylvania study of Medicare Advantage patients.

Advocates Urge Congress to Finalize 21st Century Cures

Congress returns in September from a seven-week recess—and ready, many patients and advocates hope, to push the 21st Century Cures Act over the finish line. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) expects the Senate to resume work on the bill, which he says could be “the most important legislation Congress passes this year.” The bill passed the House of Representatives in July 2015 with bipartisan support.