SSM, Trinity and Ascension Among Health Systems Announcing Plans to Collaborate on a Not-for-Profit Generic Drug Company

Leading U.S. Health Systems Announce Plans to Develop a Not-for-Profit Generic Drug Company

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“Will help patients by ending shortages and reducing prices”

Catholic Health System leaders weighed in on the need for the ability of patients to access more affordable prescription drugs in an article in Business Insider on January 18, 2018:

  • Laura Kaiser, president and CEO of SSM Health: “All Americans deserve access to high-quality, affordable care. The best way to control the rising cost of health care in the U.S. is for payers, providers and pharmaceutical companies to work together and share responsibility in making care affordable. Until that time, initiatives such as this will foster our ability to protect patients from drug shortages and price increases that limit their ability to access the care they need.”
  • Richard J. Gilfillan, MD, CEO of Trinity Health: “For people in the United States, there is a dangerous gap today between the demand and supply of affordable prescription drugs. If the only way to provide our communities with affordable drugs is to produce them ourselves, then that is what we will do. We look forward to more healthcare systems around the country joining this people-centered effort.”
  • Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, president and CEO of Ascension: “This initiative has the potential to greatly expand the availability and affordability of critically needed medications for millions of Americans, especially for people living in poverty and those most vulnerable.

The Ashley-O’Rourke Center commends SSM, Trinity and Ascension for their efforts to deliver better prescription drug prices to millions of Americans.


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