Leading experts prescribe how to make cancer drugs more
"High cancer drug prices are affecting the care of
patients with cancer and our health care system," says lead
author Ayalew Tefferi, M.D., a hematologist at Mayo Clinic.
"The average gross household income in the U.S. is about
$52,000 per year. For an insured patient with cancer who
needs a drug that costs $120,000 per year, the out-of-pocket
expenses could be as much as $25,000 to $30,000 - more than
half their average household income."
* A Petition of Congress to address Unaffordable Cancer Drug
H.R. 460: Patients’ Access to Treatments Act of
Text of H.R. 460: Patients’ Access to Treatments Act of 2013
Key snip: A [insurance plan] that
provides coverage for prescription drugs ... shall not
impose cost-sharing requirements applicable to prescription
drugs in a specialty drug tier that exceed the dollar amount
(or its equivalent) of cost-sharing requirements applicable
to prescription drugs in a non-preferred brand drug tier (or
prescription drugs in a brand drug tier if there is no
non-preferred brand drug tier).
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