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CBO: Expanding Hepatitis C Treatment Could Save Money

Expanding hepatitis C treatment would “more than offset direct spending on that treatment,” according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office released Friday (June 14), but advocates say the report is still incomplete.

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Senate health committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) dropped his call to subpoena Novo Nordisk’s North American operations president to testify on why the company charges high U.S. prices for its type-2 diabetes and obesity drugs, Ozempic and Wegovy, after the Danish company’s global CEO, Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, confirmed he will testify on a solo panel at a hearing scheduled for early September.

Colorado’s Prescription Drug Affordability Board voted that Novartis’ Cosentyx is unaffordable for residents of the state Friday (June 14). Cosentyx, used for various forms of psoriasis, arthritis, spondylitis and Hidradenitis Suppurative, is the third drug the board has deemed unaffordable.

Community pharmacists have launched a national advertising campaign aimed at persuading federal lawmakers to move forward on pharmacy benefit manager reforms and are also pressing the Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court decision that blocked Oklahoma and potentially other states from implementing their own PBM reform laws.

After announcing that companies should produce COVID-19 vaccines targeted against an earlier subvariant of the virus ahead of the fall respiratory virus season, FDA has reversed course, advising manufacturers to “if feasible” target a newer strain of the virus – the one FDA biologics chief Peter Marks initially advocated for when agency advisers’ called for fall vaccines to target the earlier strain.

The White House budget office on Friday (June 14) began reviewing a long-awaited rule expected to ease telehealth prescribing of controlled substances, days after tele-mental stakeholders stepped up pressure on the Drug Enforcement Administration to include stimulates like Adderall in the rule.