An Rx for Drug Prices: D.C. should drop the rhetoric and pass this one reform

In Newsweek op-ed, Chief Pharmacy Officer Scott Knoer calls for increased competition and expedited approval of generic/biosimilar drugs

Scott Knoer, M.S., Pharm.D., Chief Pharmacy Officer

Politicians on all sides have talked about the need for drug price reform. Yet, despite the rhetoric, not a single federal law related to drug prices has passed.

It’s time to move past the empty promises and generate tangible results, Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy Officer Scott Knoer argues in a Newsweek op-ed.

While there are many potential solutions to the drug price problem, let’s focus on just one simple approach that is proven to be effective – increase competition in the marketplace by:

  • Passing the CREATES Act, which would allow generic versions of drugs to get to market faster after the patent protection ends.
  • Speeding up the approval and use of gneric and biosimilar drugs.




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