ConsumerGram: Patient Benefits from Biosimilar Competition

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The recent approval of the first biosimilar drug by the FDA will mark the beginning of competition for a class of lifesaving medicines in the U.S., after nearly a decade of availability in Europe and elsewhere.  This ConsumerGram will explore how the pending introduction of competition for biologic drugs will lead to immense consumer benefits, both […]

Exploring Personal Injury Protection Reforms

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Before 1972, if you suffered bodily injury in a car crash, you might need to show that you could pay your medical costs before treatment was given.  You might hire an attorney to sue the culprit for damages and after your eventual victory; you would split the damages award one-third to the attorney and two-thirds […]

Health Care Cost Increases – The Question is How Fast?

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Rapid advances in health care treatments may help us live longer and healthier lives. For that to come true, we will have to afford the treatments. Today that is a stretch and affordability may diminish as time passes. The cost burden for health care is already astronomical and there are few promising strategies for cost […]

ACI Capitol Hill Event Highlights Benefits of Biosimilars Competition for Patients and Taxpayers

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) today hosted an event on Capitol Hill bringing together a panel of experts highlighting the dramatic benefits that unimpeded biosimilars competition would mean for both patients and taxpayers. The event was held as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is […]

GMOs — No Room for Imaginary Problems

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Agricultural production faces a steep challenge as the world population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 10 billion by 2050.  Many aspects of agriculture and consumer expectations will change in order for another 3 billion people to sit at the table. The agricultural retooling will take place while nations juggle environmental factors such […]

Stratospheric Drug Prices Are Curable

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Most of American’s activity is focused on work, education, entertainment, and social interactions. Some exercise intentionally to maintain their health and some get healthful exercise through their employment, but it’s unlikely that much of our attention is focused on health care.  One sixth of our economy is tied to health care, but we can remain […]

A Welcomed Primary Care Provider

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The scheduling delay for a routine appointment with one of America’s 210,000 primary care doctors seems to be measured in weeks, even when the doctor’s practice is already the patient’s medical home.  New patient appointments often take six weeks.  For a good ophthalmologist, 2 or three months seems to be a normal wait.  Medical care […]

ACI in Forbes: FDA Action Can Save Lives, Money

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Dr. Joseph Fuhr, Jr., professor of Economics and a senior fellow at ACI, wrote a piece on how biosimilar competition could provide wider choice and cheaper access to lifesaving drugs for patients, but the FDA needs to write the rules necessary to permit competitive entry. His piece is available to read and print at Forbes.