Seth J. Baum, MD In 2013 Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC, judiciously proclaimed that “even one preventable death is one too many.” Just three years later we are mired in debates concerning cost effectiveness of innovative medicines. We argue about not only the price of drugs, but also the monetized value of a…

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by Seth J. Baum MD Recently, there have been several articles discussing the development, efficacy, cost and long-term impact of novel cholesterol lowering drugs – called PCSK9 inhibitors – new drugs that show the capacity to greatly reduce the levels of LDL, or “bad”, cholesterol in an individual’s bloodstream. Insurance providers have pushed back aggressively…

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by Seth J. Baum, MD I’ve been speaking and writing about; and basically “living” the ASPC annual meeting for many months. Now it has come and gone. And it was spectacular! A few hundred attendees representing diverse medical, nursing, pharmaceutical, and basic science disciplines enjoyed clinically relevant lectures delivered by many of America’s most influential…

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by Seth J. Baum, MD, FACC, FACPM, FAHA, FNLA Every generation or so, each medical discipline hopes to experience a revolution of monumental proportions. Statins, released in the 1980s, were the last cholesterol modifying medications that dramatically altered our ability to decrease heart attacks and strokes. Now we have the PCSK9 inhibitors. With them we…

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