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PCMA Response to New York Times Article on Biotech Medicine Costs
Date:4/18/2008

nt of the increase in spending on specialty biotech products last year was due to increased utilization, not price increases.

-- Fourth, the article distorts the role of limited distribution networks, which only apply to less than 2 percent of biotech prescriptions, specifically for treatments used by very small patient populations. These small populations often require extremely specialized care, such as infusions administered by highly trained nurses. This care prevents side-effects, reduces product wastage, and monitors possible inappropriate utilization.

Traditional wholesaler and retail networks are simply not equipped to provide this specialized and targeted care. To imply that limited distribution networks are somehow the cause of higher prices is grossly misleading.

In fact, the FDA requires that certain drugs be limited to one pharmacy due to special circumstances surrounding the medications."

PCMA is the national association representing America's pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which administer prescription drug plans for more than 210 million Americans with health coverage provided through Fortune 500 employers, health insurance plans, labor unions, and Medicare Part D.


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