Monthly Round-Up of What to Read on Pharma Law and Policy

By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim

Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed medical literature to identify interesting empirical studies, in-depth analyses, and thoughtful editorials on pharmaceutical law and policy.

Below are the papers identified from the month of May. The selections feature topics ranging from the true cost of drug development, to the cost-effectiveness of providing full coverage for preventive medications after a heart attack, to the impact of the FDA’s ban on chlorofluorocarbon albuterol inhalers on out-of-pocket costs faced by patients with asthma.  A full posting of abstracts/summaries of these articles may be found on our website.

  1. Avorn J. The $2.6 billion pill–methodologic and policy considerations. N Engl J Med. 2015 May 14;372(20):1877-1879.
  2. Iglehart JK, Sommers BD. Medicaid at 50–from welfare program to nation’s largest health insurer. N Engl J Med. 2015 May 28;372(22):2152-2159.
  3. Ito K, Avorn J, Shrank WH, Toscano M, Spettel C, Brennan T, Choudhry NK. Long-term cost-effectiveness of providing full coverage for preventive medications after myocardial infarction. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015 May;8(3):252-259.
  4. Jena AB, Ho O, Goldman DP, Karaca-Mandic P. The Impact of the US Food and Drug Administration Chlorofluorocarbon Ban on Out-of-pocket Costs and Use of Albuterol Inhalers Among Individuals With Asthma. JAMA Intern Medicine. 2015 May 11. [Epub ahead of print]
  5. Kornfield R, Alexander GC, Qato DM, Kim Y, Hirsch JD, Emery SL. Trends in exposure to televised prescription drug advertising, 2003-2011. Am J Prev Med. 2015 May;48(5):575-579.
  6. Lexchin J. Health Canada’s use of its priority review process for new drugs: a cohort study. BMJ Open. 2015 May 11;5(5):e006816.
  7. Sarpatwari A, Avorn J, Kesselheim AS. Progress and Hurdles for Follow-on Biologics. N Engl J Med. 2015 May 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Ameet Sarpatwari

Ameet Sarpatwari is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Assistant Director of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. His research draws upon his interdisciplinary training as an epidemiologist and lawyer and focuses on the effects of laws and regulations on therapeutic development, approval, use, and related public health outcomes.

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