Study Reveals How Price Controls Harmed Biopharma Industry in Europe

Europe has long taken a stricter regulatory approach to the Pharmaceutical industry than the U.S. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the area of price controls. Europe has been zealous in its application of price-caps on prescription medicines in an effort to hold down drug prices. Unfortunately, these policies frequently lead to sharp declines […]

Inside Sources: Risk-Based Legislation Offers Better Alternatives to Tobacco Products

Lawmakers should take lessons from their policy failures and seek to avoid more restrictive measures like those guiding the FDA application process. Instead, lawmakers should support legislation that is risk-proportionate and flexible to the diverse preferences of consumers. This will go a long way toward preventing unintended consequences, improving public health and protecting consumer choice. […]

ACI Files Comments with the FTC Regarding PBM Business Practices and their Impact on Drug Prices

The Federal Trade Commission is currently collecting public comments on the “Business Practices of Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Their Impact on Independent Pharmacies and Consumers.” Today ACI filed its comments with the FTC. The comments are available here.

Pharmacy Benefit Managers Drive High Drug Prices

Most consumers are probably aware of the growing problem of high drug prices in America today. From the high cost of drugs needed for everyday ailments, to specific prescription plans that require expensive copays and deductibles, Americans pay an unnecessarily high price for their medication. However, what they are probably unaware of is how Pharmacy […]

The Economic Standard: Cap on Travel Nurse Pay Is Bad for Patients

Travel nursing has become a booming industry across America in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While hospitals struggle with staff retention, a growing number of nurses are turning their skills into the travel nursing industry to meet its growing demand. There is now an estimated number of 50,000 travel nurses in the U.S., though […]

Study on Seattle Soda Tax Offers Lessons on Legislating Behavior

Soda taxes are again in the news and this time for Seattle’s misconceived “sweetened beverage tax.” A new study released in January by the journal PLOS ONE has found that, despite claims to the contrary, Seattle’s soda tax did not improve “health outcomes.” These findings throw cold water on the idea that soda taxes are […]

Inside Sources: Why Taxing E-Cigarettes Is Backfiring for States and Consumers

States, like Massachusetts, continue to levy high taxes on vaping and e-cigarette products, even though these alternatives to smoking tobacco are 95% safer. Smoking kills. This is a matter of life and death for the 13.4 percent of adults and 5 percent of teens in Massachusetts who currently smoke. Because 9,300 die each year of tobacco-related illnesses, and many […]

Should Maine Crack Down on Vaping? A Look at the Facts

Local jurisdictions in Maine are moving quickly to restrict access to e-cigarettes. Portland and Bangor have approved bans on flavored tobacco products, with Brunswick poised to follow suit. Now the focus is shifting to the Maine Legislature, where policymakers have introduced a flurry of bills to prohibit the sale of flavored e-tobacco products or ban […]

New ACI Report Highlights the Dangers of Overregulating E-Cigarette and Vaping Products

Washington D.C., January 14, 2022 — Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released a report, co-authored by Steve Pociask and Liam Sigaud entitled “How Regulations Endanger the Public Health: A Review of the Evidence on E-Cigarette Risks and Benefits, and Policy Missteps.” With some lawmakers looking to impose restrictions, bans, and excessive taxes on these […]

The New Year Sees an End to Surprise Medical Bills

As Americans welcomed 2022, they had extra reason to celebrate as the No Surprises Act (NSA) became effective at one minute past midnight on January 1st, 2022. While the enactment of the NSA saw substantially less fanfare than the ball drop in Times Square, the new law represents a real win for American patients who […]