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FDA Commissioner Gottlieb: US Could See Lower Drug Prices If Europe Pays More Of Its Fair Share

(CNBC) May 15, 2018 - U.S. allies' drug pricing strategies are not sustainable for long-term success, and that's adversely leading to higher prescription costs at home and abroad, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Tuesday.

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: May 16, 2018)

quotesHow does this work? Higher prices in the non-US market are no assurance of lower prices in the US. Are we relying on the altruism that never has existed in capitalist economies??quotes

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Payment Bundles That Include Drug Costs May Destabilize Cancer Care Delivery Environment

(ASCO in Action) Apr 12, 2018 - An analysis published today in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), suggests that including cancer drug costs in bundled payments under Medicare risks destabilizing the cancer care delivery environment.

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: April 13, 2018)

quotesThere is no quicker way to "burn out" physicians than to put them "at risk" for expenses that they cannot reasonably and fairly control -- such as drug prices!quotes

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CMS Finalizes Coverage Of Next Generation Sequencing Tests, Ensuring Enhanced Access For Cancer Patients

(CMS.gov) Mar 16, 2018 - Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took action to advance innovative personalized medicine for Medicare patients with cancer. CMS finalized a National Coverage Determination that covers diagnostic laboratory tests using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for patients with advanced cancer (i.e., recurrent, metastatic, relapsed, refractory, or stages III or IV cancer).

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: March 19, 2018)

quotesThis NCD creates a bit of a conundrum for commercial insurers; do they follow CMS or try to analyze and promulgate their own rules in this dynamic and turbulent area of oncology? Watch this play out in many and varied ways over the months ahead.quotes

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Tomasz M. Beer, MD, FACP

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