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AAM Supports Updating Medicare to Lower Costs for America’s Seniors

Even though generics and biosimilars provide consistent savings for taxpayers and consumers, today’s Medicare patients too often face obstacles to using these lower-cost options. This is a result of outdated policies that can unintentionally encourage plans to prioritize formulary placement of high-cost brand drugs and that fail to reflect the emergence of new competitive therapies.

The First (Price) Cut Is the Steepest

Congress Must Preserve the 180-Day Incentive for First Generics

In the debate over how to lower the cost of prescription drugs, one thing is certain: Generic competition drives savings for America’s patients and our health care system. The introduction of generic medicines offers patients the same high-quality medicine as the brand-name drug, but at an average price that is 39% lower according to the U.S.

White Paper: Sidelined: How Seniors Miss Out On Savings Available Through Generic Substitution

Generic medicines are an integral component of America’s pharmaceutical care system, driving substantial savings to patients and public programs. Even as spending on prescription drugs continues to rise in public programs, the use of generic medicines has blunted increasing brand drug prices, generating savings of $293 billion in 2018 alone. In fact, the average price of generic drugs covered under Medicare Part D in 2017 was only 26% of their average price in 2006.

Give IPR the Green Light

Congress created Inter Partes Review (IPR) to improve patent quality and expedite access to safe and affordable generic and biosimilar medicines. IPR is a process that allows patent experts to take a second look at patents and ensure that every granted patent represents true innovation. This graphic demonstrates how IPR improves patent quality, accelerates competition and makes lower-cost generics and biosimilars accessible to U.S. patients. Learn more in this infographic:

USMCA Trade Agreement: A Victory for America’s Patients

WASHINGTON DC (December 10, 2019) – Today’s agreement reached by the Congressional Trade Working Group and the Trump administration represents a victory for patients.

The revised text creates greater opportunities for patients in Mexico, Canada and the United States to access less expensive medicines and promotes a competitive pharmaceutical market across the three countries. The improved pharmaceutical provisions create the balance between access to medicines and support for innovation that was included in bipartisan 2015 Trade Promotion Authority legislation.

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