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Journal Review: A crisis in US drug pricing: Consequences for patients with neuromuscular diseases, physicians and society, part 2
Journal Review: A crisis in US drug pricing: Consequences for patients with neuromuscular diseases, physicians, and society, part 2

Escalating drug costs place patients at risk for financial toxicity and demand that physicians understand and act on the ethical and economic principles related to drug pricing. This manuscript reviews these principles and provides clinicians with a frame-work to think about the value of the drugs prescribed for patients with neuromuscu-lar diseases. A key component of addressing the drug pricing crisis will be establishing a value based (benefit/cost) drug pricing framework. Determining the value of a drug is difficult and requires estimating the benefit and costs to patients and society while integrating indirect and contextual variables. Other considerations in drug pricing include “externality,” the value to society derived from innovation. The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is a leading independent research organization providing clinicians with value-based price “benchmarks.” All physicians must educate themselves in drug pricing principles and be prepared to have conversations regarding individual and societal value with the patients they serve.

The AANEM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AANEM designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit expires 9/1/2023.

No one involved in the planning of this CME activity had any relevant financial relationships to disclose. Any conflicts have been resolved by the Journal in accordance with the Muscle & Nerve editorial process.

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