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Capitol Hill briefing by the Campaign for Sustainable Rx
April 9, 2015
(Washington)-David A. Fleming, MD, MA, MACP, president of The
American College of Physicians (ACP), today joined a Capitol Hill
briefing to offer first-hand perspectives on how high drug costs
are impacting patients, clinicians, and public programs. Dr.
Fleming focused his remarks on the impact he has witnessed on
The five-person panel was made up of another physician and other
representatives of the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing (CSRxP),
a coalition working for solutions to skyrocketing prescription
medicine prices. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization
and second-largest physician group in the United States and a
member of CSRxP.
"ACP members work on the front lines of our health care delivery
system and have witnessed firsthand the harm caused to patient
health and personal finances by unsustainable pharmaceutical drug
prices, especially those for new specialty drugs," said Dr.
Fleming. "Exorbitant drug prices deny patients access to
life-enhancing medicines and result in higher out-of-pocket costs,
premiums, and taxes. To prevent our health care system from going
bankrupt, we need to establish a drug pricing structure based on
value and data-driven evidence and balance between the interests of
innovative drug manufacturers and those of society and our health
Many -- though not all -- high-cost therapies are known as
"specialty drugs." A specialty drug is typically one that is used
to treat a very complex condition, is difficult to administer or
store, and often is a biologic (cell based) rather than a chemical
In 2013 specialty drugs accounted for less than 1 percent of
U.S. prescriptions but for more than 25 percent of prescription
spending. By the end of the decade, just 2 to 3 percent of all
prescribed medications will be specialty drugs, but they will
account for roughly 50 percent of the total drug spending,
according to CVS Health.
"The pricing of specialty drugs increasingly lacks transparency
and rationality," noted Dr. Fleming. "We're seeing the introduction
of many patent-protected drugs with monopolistic pricing power that
fail to demonstrate a relationship between their price and their
value to the health care system. Though many of these medications
offer great promise, the price tag for health care clinicians and
patients is simply too much to bear."
An Express Scripts trend report finds a one-year nearly 31
percent rise in spending on specialty drugs from 2013 to 2014.
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physician group in the United States. ACP members include 141,000
internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists,
and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists
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