This photo illustration shows an insulin pen made by Novo Nordisk on display in Miami, Florida on March 14, 2023.
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Top executives of three pharmaceutical companies that control 90% of the world insulin Markets will testify before the Senate Health Committee on May 10 about their price cuts. Diabetes Medicine, Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Friday.
Those companies — Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi — You announced in March that you would cut back price of the most widely used insulin product over 70.
Mr Sanders said on Friday that the move was an important step forward, the result of “public outrage and strong grassroots efforts”.
But an independent Vermont agency added that Congress must ensure that insulin, which has risen more than 1,000% in price since 1996, remains affordable for everyone.
In a statement announcing the scheduled testimony of Eli Lilly CEO David Ricks, Sanders said, “But these price cuts will make the insulin that every American needs affordable. We have to make sure that it is available in the market.” Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson and Novo Nordisk CEO Lars Fluergaard Jorgensen.
Sanders said insulin prices from both companies will cost at least $275 before the announced price cuts.
Eli Lilly declined to comment when asked about the hearing schedule. A Sanofi spokesperson said the company supports efforts to cut costs and believes other parts of the health system need to do more to help patients. The CEO said he looked forward to a “productive and collaborative discussion on this important issue.”
Top Executives of the Big 3 Pharmacy Benefits Administrators CVS HealthExpress scripts and Optum Rx He will also testify, according to Sanders’ office. These executives are David Joyner, President of CVS Health pharmacy services. He is Adam Kautzner, president of Express Scripts. Optum Rx CEO Heather Cianfrocco said:
A pharmacy benefits administrator is an intermediary who negotiates drug prices with manufacturers on behalf of health insurance plans. PBM has been criticized for inflating drug prices and not passing on all the discounts they bargained to consumers.
The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 17% of patients using insulin in 2021 had to be rationed due to high costs.
About 19% of privately insured insulin users were rationed, and 29% of uninsured insulin users were rationed, according to HHS.
The pharmaceutical company’s decision to cut insulin prices came a month after the president. Joe Biden In his State of the Union address to Congress, he called for limiting insulin prices to $35 a month.
Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act introduced caps on Medicare, a government-run health insurance program aimed primarily at seniors, but the law did not include those with private insurance. did not.
More than 2 million diabetics who take insulin have private insurance, according to HHS.
About 150,000 patients taking insulin are also uninsured, the ministry said.
On Thursday, two senators, Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.) and Susan Collins (Republic of Maine), introduced a bipartisan bill requiring nondisclosure. Health insurance Limit price to $35 per month per insulin type and dosage form. The bill also includes other measures to reduce prices.
There are fast-acting, short-acting, intermediate-acting, long-acting, and premixed insulin types. Dosage forms include vials, pens, and inhalers.
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