For those concerned about the rising cost of pharmaceuticals, Congress is proposing some relief. The two-year budget deal proposed by lawmakers this week unexpectedly includes a provision that would require generic drug makers to pay additional rebates to state Medicaid programs for any medicine that increases in price faster than the inflation rate.
The move comes at a time of rising concern over drug prices. The cost of new medicines for hard-to-treat diseases, such as cancer and hepatitis C, worry public and private payers, who call them budget busters. And there is growing outrage at companies such as Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Martin Shkreli’s Turing Pharmaceuticals for buying drugs and then boosting the prices to sky-high levels.