Morning Reads – Thursday, January 31, 2019

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Grindelwald
Grindelwald

I’m starting to think there’s a lot of bipartisan agreement* to be had in going after drug makers:

https://www.propublica.org/article/oxycontin-purdue-pharma-massachusetts-lawsuit-anti-addiction-market

*We all know full well Big Pharma’s lobbying dollars are too strong to actually let any real reform, like letting Medicare negotiate drug prices, happen.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I’m not convinced that letting Medicare negotiate all drug prices is the beat way. It would work to lower prices for sure, but I would be worried that it would stifle innovation. But I would not dismiss the administration’s desire to fight the drug companies. They honestly don’t care how much the drug companies spend. They are moving forward on lowering drug prices. One avenue that I think is the best is forcing drug companies to raise their artificially low prices oversees before they can sell their products in the USA. Canada and the EU pay an artificially low price… Read more »

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Medicare negotiation is a start. The FDA needs more funding and resources to process ANDAs faster and clear the gigantic backlog of pending applications, helping get generics into the market faster. In addition, we should be allowing the import of generics that have already qualified in developed countries like Canada, Israel, and the EU to provide more competition in the generic marketplace. (This was an idea that Sen. Sanders has been pushing for a while that recently got some support from Sen. Cassidy) As for the innovation issue, Sen. Sanders has been championing a well-designed prize regime for over a… Read more »

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

As for the Canada/EU issues, there are a number of factors leading to low drug prices in those countries, chief among them is the ability of national health plans to negotiate drug prices. In addition, generics get to market faster in Canada and Europe than they do in the United States, which also helps keep prices low. European countries are also more likely to issue compulsory licenses on patented medicines – although TRIPS reigns them in on a lot of fronts – which acts as a “dangling sword” of sorts when it comes to getting drug companies to agree to… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

I think this administration is looking to do as much as they can without involving the Hill because they are worthless and this is a big issue that needs to be addressed.

I’d love to chat more about this and maybe when I get home tonight and have time I will.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

I actually think there’s a fair amount that can be done on the Hill at this point. This is one of those rare issues where Trump and Sanders/Warren/AOC, etc. overlap.

Raleigh
Raleigh
bethebalance
bethebalance

By the same logic, during the next Summer heat wave, they will notify the public of The Purge.

Ellynn
Ellynn

The $39 million estate does have a very impressive classical revival house you can see on Hwy 26 between the I-16 exit to Cochran. It is about 5 miles south of 16, on the east side of the road. You might miss it going south. The north bound view from 26 is much better. I have always liked the proportions and detailing of the structure. It was well placed on a raise overlooking the yard. It is about 400 feet from the hwy, just north of the Lauren’s/Bleakly county line. I did not know how extensive the estate beyond was.

chefdavid
chefdavid

The more hate groups the SPLC can find the more it scares their donors to give more money.

chefdavid
chefdavid

SB 4. Isn’t it about time to have a public lactation room at the capitol?

Raleigh
Raleigh

Too Funny… I’ll still order a bourbon and Coke, somehow a bourbon and Pepsi just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/super-bowl-cola-wars-pepsi-statue-offers-truce-coke-country/lnU4osILgJj6PIt7ip8nqI/

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Yum, sugar on sugar… gross.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Waste of bourbon either way.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

I too remember being 19 and having zero taste thinking that soda and bourbon was “good.”

Gregs
Gregs

This is an interesting development.

https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/power-play-duncan-seeks-nix-dozens-deal-appointments/jUXshvHBbbaJr0W7dIThWM/

Now if we could get the legislature to undo the sweetheart deals the former governor made for himself with people beholden to him for their appointments, that would be real nice.

xdog
xdog

If the Regina Quick now acting as Duncan’s attorney is the same Regina Quick from Athens who was appointed Superior Court judge by Deal back in 2017, that seems odd.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Considering Quick lost re-election back in May, she does have some time on her hands.