Putting Medicine Within Reach for Medicaid
Jan 5, 2016
Express Scripts has long history of taking bold actions that are aligned with our clients and patients’ best interests, and in the past year, we successfully addressed challenges that have disproportionally impacted the Medicaid population.
The increased cost of medications dominated news headlines last year. From exorbitant prices for new hepatitis C therapies to egregious price increases on 62-year-old medications, these increased costs are a significant burden to all payers and patients, and are particularly difficult for our already challenged Medicaid system.
There are many tools and strategies managed Medicaid plans can use to keep prescription drugs affordable. However, tackling these seemingly insurmountable medication price increases requires more than pharmacy benefit best practices. The fight for fair drug pricing calls for bold actions, creative solutions and advocating for the patients who need affordable access to these medications.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Express Scripts has a long history of taking bold actions that are aligned with our clients and patients’ best interests, and last year we successfully addressed challenges that have disproportionally impacted the Medicaid population.
We’ve put medicine within reach by launching initiatives around fair drug pricing, taking a stance against captive pharmacies, and most recently, delivering an innovative solution with Imprimis Pharmaceuticals to provide access to a low-cost alternative to Daraprim (pyrimethamine).
We’ve also participated in multiple conversations on how to make medicine in the U.S. more affordable and accessible for all.
Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) recently presented Express Scripts with the 2015 Isadore King Spirit of Service Award, for our work with them this year on drug pricing concerns, promoting Medicaid managed care, and providing expertise to MHPA members to help them provide better care, at less cost.
We know our work is making a difference, and appreciate the recognition from MHPA as further validation of the impact we are making in Medicaid. However, there is still much work to be done. We invite you to join in the conversation and help us make an even bigger impact in 2016.
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