Despite Attempts To Curb High Prices, Calif. Still Grappling With Crippling Drug Costs
“There are very few tools in our toolbox” to control pharmaceutical spending, said Diana Dooley, secretary of California’s Health and Human Services.
What's California's Prescription For Rising Drug Costs?
Despite recent cost-cutting measures, such as putting tighter controls on which patients get coverage for which drugs and when, California’s spending on pharmaceuticals has gone up, and so has the number of pricey drugs it is covering. It’s not clear state agencies have the means to balance drug cost pressures in a way that serves the best interests of patients, taxpayers and public health. (Bartolone, 3/24)