Constance A. Wilkinson, a Member of the Firm in the Litigation and Health Care and Life Sciences practices, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Managed Healthcare Executive, in “Top Four Approaches to Reduce Pharmaceutical Costs,” by Karen Appold.

Following is an excerpt:

Constance Wilkinson, of Epstein Becker & Green, a law firm with a focus on federal healthcare contracting, also believes that the survey’s responses reflect aspects of the current landscape, specifically the higher prices manufacturers typically assign to specialty products when launching them.

She agrees with survey respondents that a major factor in rising specialty drug costs is increased demand due to more people being at an age where they are likely to experience a condition requiring them. “This is the case for some treatments such as those for rheumatoid arthritis, but not necessarily for others such as oncology drugs or those for rare diseases,” Wilkinson says. For the latter drugs, the price may be driven more by a condition’s criticality or the smaller population for which the drug is indicated (i.e., a more limited market).

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