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Government Quit Test Of Pricey Cancer Treatment Amid Concerns Over Industry Role

(Politico) July 9, 2018 - Medicare and Medicaid administrators earlier this year quietly killed a plan to pay for a breakthrough, half-million-dollar cancer treatment based on how well it worked, scuttling one of the Trump’s administration’s first and most highly touted attempts to lower the cost of drugs.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: July 09, 2018)

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The math is simple. Under the proposed agreement, we pay for all doses of the CAR-T, and get refunded the cost when the patient does not fully respond. At worse case, you pay for everyone's dose. On the other side, we pay for everyone's dose. If it does not work, no refund, and we continue treatment with another agent. Who's the winner here? I'm not even sure.

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