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How Much Do Orphan Drugs Cost?

The high cost of CFTR correctors and potentiators has been in the news since the drugs were approved by the FDA. Many people have been concerned that private insurers and the government might deny coverage based on the cost. However, recent research into healthcare spending indicates that the overall impact of orphan drug spending is low.

Rising concerns about spending on prescription drugs that treat rare diseases are overblown, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs.

Click here to read more of the article on the NPR website:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/09/07/493000612/how-much-do-drugs-for-rare-diseases-add-to-health-care-spending

Click here to access the original research paper:

http://m.content.healthaffairs.org/content/35/9/1588.short

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