How Can U.S. Prevent Drug Supply Chain Disruptions?

After disruptions during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) convened a committee to ensure that supplies of medical technology and pharmaceuticals wouldn’t be interrupted during future crises. Experts tell AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that while the report’s recommendations will help prevent disaster pricing if implemented, it won’t have a significant effect on the pricing behaviors or day-to-day operations of PBMs.

The panel, a multidisciplinary group of business leaders, medical practitioners and academics — which included recently approved FDA head Robert Califf, M.D. — had seven notable recommendations, according to an official summary:

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Peter Johnson

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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