Jan. 29, 2021

Medicare Drug Pricing in DC

Medicare Drug Pricing in DC
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Congress may soon revisit legislation to tackle the high costs of prescription drugs under Medicare. But drug pricing is never a simple fix.

Guest Peter Pitts explains the ins and outs of drug pricing. Plus, Terry and Bob discuss the Trump-era insulin rule recently frozen by the HHS, and Kate interviews Taylor Kane of Remember the Girls, an organization that advocates for carriers of X-linked diseases.


Peter Pitts

President and Co-Founder, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest 

From 2002-2004 Peter was FDA’s Associate Commissioner for External Relations, serving as senior communications and policy adviser to the Commissioner. He supervised FDA's Office of Public Affairs, Office of the Ombudsman, Office of Special Health Issues, Office of Executive Secretariat, and Advisory Committee Oversight and Management. He served on the agency’s obesity working group and counterfeit drug taskforce.

His book, Become Strategic or Die, is widely recognized as a cutting edge study of how leadership, in order to be successful over the long term, must be combined with strategic vision and ethical practice. He is the editor of the new book, Coincidence or Crisis, a discussion of global prescription medicine counterfeiting.

He has served as an adjunct professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Butler University. Mr. Pitts also currently serves as a visiting professor at the University of Paris School of Medicine. 


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Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

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