Fitch: US Drug Pricing Pushback Highlights Need for Innovation

NEW YORK & CHICAGO--()--As the drug pricing debate continues in the US, demonstrating the value of prescription drugs proactively is important for the pharmaceutical industry as a means to defend profitability, according to Fitch Ratings.

There are some initiatives already in place to influence drug pricing that almost exclusively involve private payers or are self-imposed strategies of the pharmaceutical industry. A series of new proposals would likely be largely credit negative and increase pressure on companies to come up with innovative therapies.

Private payers, including pharmacy benefit managers and health insurers, are becoming more influential as they consolidate and attempt to moderate the growth in drug spending for clients. They already utilize a number of tools to influence drug utilization and spending. However, some newer approaches involve transferring some of the financial risk to payers and drug manufacturers by tying reimbursement of a product to a fixed number of estimated patients or to its clinical performance, respectively.

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Drug Pricing Pushback Highlights Need for Innovation

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Media Relations
Alyssa Castelli, New York
Tel: +1 (212) 908 0540
Email: alyssa.castelli@fitchratings.com
or
Bob Kirby, CFA
Director
Corporates
+1 312 368-3147
Fitch Ratings
70 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL
or
Megan Neuburger, CFA
Managing Director
+1 212 908-0501
33 Whitehall Street
New York, NY
or
Kellie Geressy-Nilsen
Senior Analyst
Fitch Wire
+1 212 908-9123