Skip to main content
Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 4
Sometimes I don't understand politics. Lost in the Friday afternoon dump (which is when the federal government usually makes announcements to which it hopes nobody will pay attention, the White House announced the signing of four long promised executive orders that promise to have an impact on prescription drug pricing, a subject affecting most of those treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Among the promises these orders present:

• Tie drug prices to an international price index, which is often lower priced than in the USA.

• Allow pharmacies and wholesalers to import drugs from lower-cost countries.

• Force federal community health centers to share discounts on insulin and Epi-Pens with patients.

• Crack down on health plans and PBMs (Pharmacy Benefits Managers) that do not share manufacturer rebates with patients.

However, drug companies will have 30 days to counter the international price index requirement with their own proposal and the new orders are not expected to result in a near term reduction in consumer pricing.

Additionally, the administration's own actuaries have predicted that healthcare premiums could rise by up to 25% as healthcare companies and PBMs seek to replace cost savings fueled by drug manufacture kickbacks, and health science researchers say the profits from the American drug market are what is fueling the development of vaccines and therapies that could provide a treatment for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Skeptics believe the new rules are more political than likely to produce tangible, material effects for Americans dependent on prescriptions for treating chronic conditions such as Diabetes. Which makes me wonder, why toss the news into Friday afternoon data dump?

Who is hoping the skeptics are wrong and that the new rules will have an impact on consumer prescription pricing, but in the meantime, has been forced to give up his pharmacist of 20 years to move to his healthcare company's impersonal mail-order service in order to get the 90 supplies at 1/3 the price the PBM (not coincidentally owned by the healthcare company) that his pharmacist was allowed to charge for 30 day refills...

Ticker Guide: The Walt Disney Company (DIS), Intuit (INTU), Live Nation (LYV), CME Group (CME), MongoDB (MDB), Trip Advisor (TRIP), Vivendi SA (VIVHY), Mimecast (MIME), Hain Celestial (HAIN), Royce Micro Capital Trust (RMT)
Disclaimer: This post is non-professional and should not be construed as direct, individual or accurate advice
Disassociation: The views and statements of this post are Fuskie's and are not intended to represent those of The Motley Fool or any other sane body
Disclosure: May own shares of some, many or all of the companies mentioned in this post (
Fool Code of Conduct:
Invitation: You are invited to interactively watch Motley Fool Live online television:
Call to Action: If you like this or any other post, Rec it. Better yet, reply to it. Even better, start your own thread. This is YOUR TMF Community!
Print the post  


What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.