US Capitol Capsule: Payers' Choice: Death Is Cheap; Drugs Add Costs
This article was originally published in Scrip
Former White House policy adviser Ezekiel Emanuel, who is now the vice provost and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, famously wrote last year that he plans to stop all health care efforts to prolong his life once he reaches 75, contending the "manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive."
You may also be interested in...
With new funding in hand, Moderna and its infectious disease venture Valera are going full-speed ahead with a Zika vaccine, taking an mRNA approach, which they said could be a more rapid strategy to try to stop the disease.
Allergan CEO Brent Saunders vows not to engage in price gouging and says his firm will limit cost increases to single-digit percentages, occurring only once per year. But it's unclear whether Saunders will stand as a lone wolf in the industry or if others will make similar pledges.
Hillary Clinton's plan to rein in high prices of older medicines, which includes creating a federal panel that has authority to impose fines, may grab headlines, but some analysts think it's unlikely to get very far in a divided Washington.