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AAM Applauds CMS for Requiring Health Plans to Place Generic Drugs On Generic Tiers

WASHINGTON, DC (January 30, 2023) — The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) applauds the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for several of the recommended provisions outlined in the proposed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2024. In particular, AAM publicly commends the administration’s efforts to standardize plan choice by requiring generic drugs be placed on “generic” tiers and brand-name drugs on “brand-name” tiers. 

Patients Pay More When Generic Drugs Are Placed On Non-Generic Tiers, Even Though Prices For Generics Are Going Down

Numerous studies agree: Generics provide savings on prescription drugs. And six years into a sustained period of price deflation, many generic prices are lower than ever. But inexplicably, patients are paying more for many generics. Although the Medicare program has rules to safeguard beneficiaries, it has allowed Medicare drug plans to make changes that require patients to pay more for many generic drugs even as the prices of those drugs have fallen.

AAM Statement on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Implementation of Medicare Part B Payment Changes for Biosimilars

WASHINGTON D.C. (October 3, 2022) -- The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) and its Biosimilars Council applaud the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for its support of biosimilars and rapid implementation of the enhanced payment for biosimilars in Medicare Part B. 

Generic and Biosimilar Drugs Generate A Record $373 Billion For America’s Patients and Healthcare System in 2021

Despite Savings from Generic Drugs, Many Patients Continue to Pay More than Necessary

WASHINGTON, DC (September 21, 2022) — Today, the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM), the leading trade association for generic and biosimilar manufacturers, released its 2022 U.S. Generic & Biosimilar Medicines Savings Report highlighting the value of generic and biosimilar medicines.

As Health Care Spending in US Projected to Increase, Generics and Biosimilars Expected to Moderate Growth

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2021-2030 National Health Expenditure (NHE) report, prepared by their Office of the Actuary. The report serves as the authoritative estimate of total U.S. health spending and provides important clues as to what is (and is not) driving health care costs.1

Challenges & Solutions for Prescription Drug Savings Identified by MedPAC

As policymakers seek to respond to concerns about high drug costs, a recent report may provide a path forward. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) provides independent expert advice to Congress on Medicare payment policies and in a recent report to Congress, it recommends key changes to the Part D program that could serve as a foundation for sustainable savings through generic and biosimilar adoption.

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