U.S. government proposes rule overhauling drug industry rebate system

Reuters | February 01, 2019

The U.S. government on Thursday proposed a rule to end the industry-wide system of after-market discounts called rebates that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) receive from drugmakers, a practice that has been under increased scrutiny. If finalized, the rule would change a system that has been in place for decades and that has been criticized for obfuscating the real price of prescription medicines. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has been promising to lower the cost of prescription drugs for consumers, who have seen their out-of-pocket expenses rise each year with higher list prices of pharmaceuticals.

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Rep. Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip, says that the Democratic party is now unified and ready to take on the Republican party. He also comments on the latest remarks by the Republican base regarding Donald Trump.

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Rep. Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip, says that the Democratic party is now unified and ready to take on the Republican party. He also comments on the latest remarks by the Republican base regarding Donald Trump.

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U.K. Firms Adapting Security Strategies for Cloud, Resilience

ISG | September 06, 2022

Enterprise security leaders in the U.K. are focused on cloud security, building up resilience against threats and aligning cybersecurity strategies with overall business goals, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Cybersecurity — Solutions and Services report for the U.K. finds these objectives are the top priorities for chief information security officers (CISOs) in U.K. organizations. 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Rancher Government Solutions | November 23, 2022

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