[Ip-health] 60 House Democrats introduce bill on Medicare negotiations that includes compulsory licensing provisions to protect patients when price negotiations break down. | Knowledge Ecology International

James Love james.love at keionline.org
Wed Jul 25 08:54:46 PDT 2018


The new House democrats medicare negotiations bill represents a turning
point, with broad support for using robust compulsory licensing authority
to protect access if negotiations on prices break down. The press
conference announcing the bill featured several Democratic members of the
House of Representatives, and patient advocates. Rob Weissman from Public
Citizen gave a very strong endorsement.

Representative Lloyd Doggett led the work on this bill, working with
Representatives Welch, Cummings, Khanna and others.

KEI’s view is that that medicare negotiations are quite important, and the
bill takes a huge step in protecting patient interests in negotiations, but
also note that 84 percent of US population and majority of patients for
many treatable diseases do not qualify for medicare.

The Democrats need to expand the compulsory licensing ambitions so that it
will protect everyone from excessive prices.

The Democrats also need to understand and endorse the progressive delinking
of R&D incentives from drug prices, so that access and innovation are not
at odds with each other.

​We will put up a link to the bill text shortly. ​

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