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Drug Pricing in the US - Current State and Potential Implications of the 2020 Presidential Election


Publication Date: 23 Jun 2020 - By Scitaris GmbH By Scitaris G.

Technical Analysis Thematic Private Equity Multi Asset Equity ETF/Funds USA Global Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology


By Jonas Hanske, PhD, Senior Consultant at Scitaris GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Key Takeaways

  • The US healthcare market is the largest in the world and accounts for nearly 50% of the pharmaceuticals industry’s global revenue - therefore any public effort to control drug pricing is perceived as major threat to the industry’s earnings and thus market valuation

  • High list prices and increased out-of-pocket costs of brand name specialty drugs have been under scrutiny of law makers and the administration, however the industry claims that list prices are lagging behind the increase in rebates, which are not passed on to patients by insurers and pharmaceutical benefit managers

  • While there is a broad political consensus on the need to address the issue, the proposed approaches differ significantly with the Democrats calling for direct price regulations whereas most Republicans are opposed to any direct pricing control but rather want to alter the rebate system – bipartisan initiatives have been stalled

  • Initially taking a strong stance on the issue, the Trump administration has abandoned or delayed many of their proposed initiatives and likely will not make substantial progress before the elections

  • The upcoming 2020 Presidential Election will be decisive for the future course on drug pricing and might substantially impact the industry’s current business model

Drug Pricing in the US

Source: Scitaris GmbH

Pages: 5

Released: 23 Jun 2020

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Scitaris G.

Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Biotechnology


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