Stepping into the pricing debate, FDA chief Scott Gottlieb proposes new reimbursement idea for antibiotics
In an attempt to make good on its promise to tackle the superbug problem, the FDA trotted out a new idea today that it hopes will address the reimbursement catch-22 inherent in the industry. Their idea? Treat drugs like software, having hospitals buy licenses to antibiotics instead of reimbursing on a per-use basis.
Let’s set aside, for the moment, that pricing is typically not a topic the FDA likes to weigh in on. After all, drug pricing is not under FDA’s direct purview and would require some inter-agency collaboration with the likes of CMS. But worries around the pace of innovation in antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs appear to be driving the FDA to action.
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