Senators on Tuesday mulled a different way to get cheap, generic drugs to patients—encourage physicians to go around insurance plans and buy medications directly from drug wholesalers.
Senate panel hears pitch on physician-dispensed generics
Senate health committee chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was struck by Tuesday's testimony from the co-founder of a direct primary-care practice who described the extremely low prices he can secure for his patients for generic drugs. Physicians in 44 states are able to purchase medications directly from wholesalers, and Alexander said he wanted to learn more about how this practice could spread.
"We're looking for ways to lower healthcare costs, and 17% of healthcare costs are prescription drugs," Alexander told Modern Healthcare after the hearing. "The manufacturers say their list prices haven't gone up much the last two or three years. But prices to the consumer have."
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