Issue lab

Several issues and types of legislation impact our industry. Visit our "Issue Lab" and learn more about Medicare Part B, importation, the value of medicine and more!

Medicare Part B, commonly referred to as Medicare’s medical benefit, covers a wide range of health care services for seniors. Part B covers physician office visits, outpatient care, ambulance services, some medical devices and most physician-administered medicines. Medicines covered by Part B include treatments for complex conditions like cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), other autoimmune conditions and more.

More than fifteen years has passed since Congress authorized the creation of Medicare Part D, the government program providing seniors and individuals with disabilities with access to affordable prescription drug coverage. Through market-based competition, Part D allows beneficiaries to choose from a range of private plans that best meet their needs. Further, several surveys show that 85 percent or more of beneficiaries are satisfied with their Part D coverage.

Medicare Part D is a vital source of prescription drug coverage for more than 44 million seniors and individuals with disabilities, providing access to a range of medications for patients. Unfortunately, the recent drive to address high prescription drug prices could lead to harmful legislative and regulatory changes that threaten to undermine the program’s structure and harm patients in the process. 

Critics argue that the importation of unapproved medicines would help save consumers money. What proponents of importation often miss is the critical issue of safety and how this would impact access to new, innovative treatments. 

Medicare Part D is a uniquely popular and successful program that provides over 42 million seniors and individuals with disabilities access to a range of affordable prescription drug plans. Its unique structure keeps costs down by providing a market of options and offering patients the freedom to choose among dozens of private health plans competing for patient enrollment based on premiums, coverage, quality and service.

Since 2000, biopharmaceutical companies have brought more than 500 new medicines to patients in the U.S. As a result, we have successfully improved the quality and length of life for Americans confronting the most costly and challenging diseases (cancer, diabetes, etc.).

America's biopharmaceutical industry relies on dedicated researchers and workers to produce lifesaving treatments. The industry also relies on strong intellectual property laws, like patents.

Biologics are complex medicines manufactured using living cells and tissues. America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are using biological processes testing 907 medicines and vaccines targeting more than 100 diseases. In order to realize the full potential of biologics, it is essential that the U.S. maintain policy and regulatory environments that help foster the discovery and development processes.

Clinical trials are carefully controlled tests of new medicines designed to evaluate their safety and effectiveness and compile the evidence needed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulators around the world to approve new treatments.