Opin­ion: The drug pric­ing deal is­n't re­al­ly a vic­to­ry for Dems, or a loss for PhRMA. But it could be a har­bin­ger of change

Al­though House and Sen­ate De­moc­rats have fi­nal­ly cracked their Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble to al­low the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to ne­go­ti­ate some drug prices, the ne­go­ti­a­tions will in­clude so few drugs and have so many stip­u­la­tions at­tached that the end re­sult may be more of a drop in the ocean than the mon­soon that drug price ne­go­ti­a­tions could’ve been.

Con­gress is wait­ing for a CBO score be­fore of­fi­cial­ly vot­ing, but ear­ly es­ti­mates point to about $100 bil­lion in drug pric­ing sav­ings over ten years from the deal. That’s ba­si­cal­ly the equiv­a­lent of what the phar­ma in­dus­try spends on DTC mar­ket­ing over a decade. Or about five years of what phar­ma com­pa­nies spend on mar­ket­ing to health care pro­fes­sion­als.

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