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2 The Julian News September 18, 2019 WE INVITE YOUR OPINION! The views expressed by our contributing writers are their own and not necessarily those of The Julian News management. We invite all parties to submit their opinions and comments to The Julian News. All contributed items are subject to editorial approval prior to acceptance for publication. Letters must include your name and contact information. Letters may be mailed to: Julian News P.O. Box 639 Julian, CA 92036 email: letters@juliannews.com in person: Julian News Office 1453 Hollow Glen Road Deadline is Friday Noon for the next weeks issue 30352 Highway 78(at Hwy 79) OPEN Thurs-Monday 11 am - 5pm Featuring the Finest Local Artists ESTABLISHED 1985 Member California News Publishers Association Michael Hart and Michele Harvey ..... Owners/Publishers Michael Hart .................................. Advertising/Production Circulation/Classified Michele Harvey .......................................................... Editor Don Ray .............................................................. Consultant Contacting The Julian News In Person 1453 Hollow Glen Road Office Hours: 3pm — 5pm Monday 3pm — 5pm Tuesday 9am — 5pm Wednesday — Friday By Mail The Julian News PO Box 639 Julian, CA 92036 Phone / Fax email 760 765 2231 submissions@juliannews.com The Julian News @JulianNews After Hours Information may be placed in our drop box located outside the office front door. The phone will accept succinct messages 24 hours a day. Featured Contributors The Julian News is published on Wednesdays. All publications are copyright protected. ©2019 All rights reserved. The Julian News is a legally adjudicated newspaper of General Circulation in the State of California, Case No. 577843 Syndicated Content King Features Syndicate E/The Environmental Magazine North American Precis Syndicate, Inc. State Point Media Printed on Re-Cycled Paper Member National Newspaper Association The Julian News ISSN 1937-8416 Michele Harvey Greg Courson Kiki Skagen Munshi Pastor Cindy Arnston Bill Fink Jon Coupal David Lewis Health and Personal Services General Dentistry & Orthodontics “Dr. Bob” Goldenberg, DDS 2602 Washington St • 760 765 1675 Specializing in fixing broken teeth and beautifying your smile ! It’s time you had the smile you’ve always dreamed of ! Call today ! Most Insurance Plans Accepted Visa and Master Card Julian Medical Clinic A Division of Monday–Friday 8-5 pm • Complete Family Practice Services • Monthly OB/GYN • Digital X-ray Lab Services • Daily Borrego Pharmacy Delivery • Behavioral Health (Smart Care) Now accepting: Covered California, Medi-Cal, Medicare, Community Health Group, Molina, Sharp Commercial, CHDP. Most PPO’s and Tricare. Sliding Fee Scale and Financial Assistance Available. Blake A. 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J U L I A N , C A L I F O R N I A Guest Editorial The Dangerous Bipartisan Enthusiasm For Drug Price Controls By Sandip Shah For years, politicians have railed about the high cost of prescription drugs. But now, they appear poised to take action. Democrats and many Republicans want to impose price controls on medicines. One proposal would allow patients to import price-controlled medicines from Canada. Another would allow federal bureaucrats to effectively dictate the price of medicines sold through Medicare's prescription drug program. Yet another plan would index Medicare reimbursements for advanced drugs to the artificially capped prices paid in other developed nations. All of these reforms would ultimately do far more harm than good. Price controls would yield some short-term savings. But they'd also choke off funding for drug development. Drug development is one of the most expensive, risky enterprises in the world. Of the few compounds that make clinical trials, just one in 10 is approved for sale. It takes about 15 years and $2.6 billion to make one new medicine. There's no denying that some cutting-edge medicines are expensive. New cancer drugs, for instance, often cost $10,000 or more per month. Fortunately, drugs don't stay expensive forever. After a drug's patent expires, generics flood the market. This competition allows patients to access lifesaving therapies for pennies on the dollar. For example, one common therapy for bipolar disorder, cost $393 in 2010. Just five years later, after generics came to the market, the drug cost a mere $8. A popular blood thinner, meanwhile, had a list price of $166 in 2011. Today, patients can get that treatment for $5. Drug companies risk billions to create new products. When they succeed, they set prices high enough to recoup development costs and earn profits. Then generic competition drives down prices. The vast majority of prescriptions filled at U.S. pharmacies -- fully nine out of 10 -- are generic. And because innovators are rewarded for new discoveries, they continue to invest in medical innovation. Thanks to new drugs, cancer death rates have fallen 27 percent since the 1990s. The future of drug development is bright. There are more than 8,000 drugs under development worldwide for myriad deadly diseases, like cancer and stroke. But patients will never see these cures if politicians implement strict price controls. That doesn't mean politicians should do nothing. There are good ways to lower Americans' drug bills. Encouraging more competition by speeding up drug approvals, especially for generic drugs, would drive down prices. Reforming the drug rebate system is another good idea. Right now, drug makers typically offer discounts of 30 percent or more to insurance plans. But insurers rarely use those discounts to help patients save money. Requiring insurers to pass these savings to patients at the pharmacy would make prescriptions far more affordable. The next generation of miracle cures is on its way, but only if politicians don't squash pharmaceutical innovation with short-sighted price controls. Sandip Shah is the founder and president of Market Access Solutions, a global market access consultancy, where he develops strategies to optimize patient access to life-changing therapies. * * * We are descended from a people whose government was founded on liberty; our glorious forefathers of Great Britain made liberty the foundation of everything. That country is become a great, mighty, and splendid nation; not because their government is strong and energetic, but, sir, because liberty is its direct end and foundation. — Patrick Henry * * *