Medicare Will Select 10 Drugs for Price Negotiation by Sept. 1

  • Jan 12, 2023

    HHS set important deadlines for Medicare drug price negotiation on Jan. 11: Biden administration officials said that the first 10 drugs selected for negotiation will be announced on Sept. 1 of this year, and the maximum fair price for those drugs will be revealed on the same day in 2024. Those prices will go into effect at the start of 2026. HHS also released more information about the process it designed to select drugs and negotiate prices, which will include public comment periods and official consultations with stakeholders including manufacturers, insurers and providers. 

    HHS has a “plan to voluntarily solicit public comments on key elements of the program,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure during a press conference call. “Input from our partners is essential to effectively and expeditiously implementing the Medicare drug pricing negotiation authority. We are committed to engaging with our partners through our timeline to maximize transparency, predictability and collaboration.” 

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  • Peter Johnson

    Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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