Alzheimer’s Drug Debate
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The high price tag for a new Alzheimer’s drug has fueled the ongoing drug price debate. But will patients really pay sticker price? (Spoiler alert: No!). 

Co-host Dr. Bob Goldberg explains the research/value assessment of the drug, while Host Terry Wilcox discusses the growing barriers to access the drug even as health networks refuse to offer it and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) decides to ignore its benefits.

Hear from UsAgainstAlzheimer’s COO Russ Paulsen about this breakthrough and what it means for the community, particularly minority populations. Also, against a backdrop of debates over high health care and prescription drug costs, Dr. Mark Fendrick and Dr. Jon Schommer take time to explain the problems they see affecting patients. 

Hosts: 

Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob,” Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent, Patients Rising

Guests:

Russ Paulsen, COO, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

Mark Fendrick, MD, Director, University of Michigan’s Center for Value-Based Insurance Design

Jon Schommer, PharmD, Professor, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Myisha Malone King, Patient Advocate

Adam Johnson, Patient Correspondent

Links:

As COVID-19 wanes, the Alzheimer’s epidemic is just beginning

Dr. Mark Fendrick: Policies to Increase Access and Affordability to Essential Medical Care

National Health Issues Survey Results: Access and Affordability 

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