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Senator Isakson asks Secretary Azar about prices for biologics and gene therapies

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June 12, 2018

After a comment where he mentioned rare diseases as well as biologics and gene therapies, Senator Isakson asked Secretary Azar whether his… read more

After a comment where he mentioned rare diseases as well as biologics and gene therapies, Senator Isakson asked Secretary Azar whether his agency is working “to come up with a mechanism we can incentivize the development of the new drugs and find a way to ameliorate the impact of the dramatic costs at the beginning to spread it enough where the cost are somewhat affordable for the average American family? Is anybody in your agency thinking about that?” Secretary Azar apparently implied that high prices for “cures” to lifelong illnesses are worth it. He stated that “this is a issue we need to work with Congress on - this is a broader issue of curative therapies and lifetime therapies that can be for a very small population and quite expensive, and our insurance system, which is really meant for small molecules pills, is not built for that.” close

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Senator Isakson asks Secretary Azar about prices for biologics and gene therapies

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