The 10th edition of AAM’s annual generic drug savings and access report, which was released last month, is full of important data for policymakers as well as industry leaders. The report provides detailed information on savings by state, payer type, treatment area, and other factors, as well as the state of the biosimilars market. Here are 10 noteworthy takeaways from the publication.
More than 9 out of 10 generic drug prescriptions are filled for $20 or less. Everybody who takes medicine to get or stay healthy can appreciate these savings, which allow patients and families to spend their money on other things that matters to them. Those savings, however, are now in jeopardy, thanks to a combination of factors. Here’s what you need to know.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 12, 2018) In its newest white paper, released today, the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) finds that generics and biosimilars continue to provide savings for patients, but that uninterrupted patient access to these affordable prescription medicines is at risk.
Patient health and well-being depends on the uninterrupted availability of lower-cost generic and biosimilar medicines. Moreover, as patients live longer the importance of a robust and sustainable generic and biosimilar medicines industry becomes only that much more important. Policymakers must act quickly to ensure continued saving and market-based competition, as well as prevent shortages, for future availability of affordable medicines. This requires:
Association for Accessible Medicines is calling on Congress to take meaningful action to lower prescription drug costs with the Prescription for Savings. Patients win when market-based competition from FDA-approved generics and biosimilars deliver savings at the pharmacy counter.
To this end, we recommend these six policy solutions:
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The Medicaid Generics Penalty is paid by generic drug manufacturers when the “Average Manufacturer Price” (AMP) of a generic drug sold to Medicaid rises faster than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over a three-month period.
WASHINGTON, DC (September 19, 2017) — Today, the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) and its Biosimilars Council released an analysis finding that if the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) were to revise its current reimbursement policy for biosimilar medicines, the federal government could save $11.4 billion on medicines over the next 10 years.