Senate Finance Drug Pricing Framework Risks Similar Pitfalls of Price-Setting H.R. 3

  By Andrew Lautz, National Taxpayers Union   Last month, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a “Principles for Drug Pricing Reform” document that outlines how the Senator, who chairs one of the most powerful committees in Congress, would like to address prescription drug costs this year. While the document is sparse on details, […]

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Washington Beyond the Headlines: Tax, Tax, Healthcare and…Tax

    By Andy Blom, TES Washington Editor   Joe Biden is bumbling through Europe, getting greeted (for better or worse) as “not Trump”. Benjamin Netanyahu gave his exit speech as Prime Minister of Israel and sounded more like Arnold Swarzenegger than Golda Meir (“I will be baaacckk!”). Aren’t political leaders fun? While our leaders […]


Washington Beyond the Headlines: Gunning for the 2nd Amendment

    By Andy Blom, TES Washington Editor   Our Vice President deals with immigration by flying over the border…but she still hasn’t visited Europe. The Senate is at a standstill, gas prices are rising and inflation is starting to show its ugly head. Welcome to summer 2021. But have hope…free market thinkers and doers […]


Rx Importation Poses a Threat to Consumers, Not A Solution

    By Foday Turay, American Consumer Institute   According to the GoodRx Research Team, 832 brand drugs have increased by an average of 4.5% since December 31, 2020. Americans pay around $1,200 for prescription drugs a year. The continuing rise of prescription drug prices has a significant impact on many Americans, especially during a global […]

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Waiving TRIPS Will Not Solve Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

    By Edward Longe, American Consumer Institute     The COVID-19 pandemic has, among other things, highlighted the need for global cooperation during a public health crisis. Recognizing this need, 100 developing countries, led by South Africa and India, requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) waive provisions of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property […]

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A joint declaration on the importance of IPRs to Covid vaccine manufacturing scale-up and future pandemic preparedness

      From the Geneva Network   We are an informal coalition of civil society organisations that believes that continued collaboration between governments, international organisations, the private sector, and civil society is the fastest way to end the Covid-19 pandemic and kickstart stalled economic growth. Respect for intellectual property rights is key and will […]

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An Appalling Theft

  By Grace-Marie Turner, Galen Institute   The Biden administration made “the single worst presidential economic decision since Nixon’s wage-and-price controls,” The Wall Street Journal wrote in a lead editorial last week. And we agree.   U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the U.S. would agree to “waive” intellectual property rights to Covid-19 vaccines and treatments and encourage other […]

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Sunlight Is The Cure For High Drug Prices

  By Dr. Marion Mass   Congress is considering legislation to rein in runaway drug prices. But any new law would be just political theater unless it shines a light on how pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs) manipulate drug pricing.   We soothe ourselves with slogans about America’s free-market health care. The reality is very different. […]

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Trade Barriers Kill Innovation

      Creating medicine is a complex and expensive business. While U.S. biopharmaceutical companies lead the world in drug development, international trade practices can stem the flow of innovation to new markets, depriving patients in need. Limited market penetration also means fewer resources to re-invest in the most successful engine for life-saving advancements on […]

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Have health insurance? Then you shouldn’t pay full price for insulin

      The end of January is a special time for many of us — and not always a happy one. It’s a time to realize we’ve failed to keep new year’s resolutions, to remember how much we hate cold weather, and to chafe at the U.S. healthcare system as newly reset insurance deductibles […]