During this segment, the panelists discuss their concerns about the rising costs of drugs currently available to treat multiple sclerosis (MS).
Gary M. Owens, MD, states that it is unclear why drug prices continue to rise, especially when certain options have been available for years. Dr Owens further explains there is no single formula to determine a return on investment for newer agents.
Because the drugs to treat MS are extremely expensive and difficult for patients to afford, Dr Owens and Leslie Fish, PharmD, suggest that when reviewing and negotiating the price of a therapy option, there is a need for transparency and comparative effectiveness.

Episode 14 - Concerns about Rising Costs of Treatment

Gary M. Owens, MD, and Leslie Fish, PharmD, discuss their concerns about the rising prices of agents available for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and suggest new methods for reviewing and negotiating the costs of these products.
Published Online: January 03, 2014
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Episode 1 Episode 1 - The Changing Tides of Multiple Sclerosis: Where Do We Currently Stand?
Episode 2 Episode 2 - Elucidating the Patient's Starting Point in Care
Episode 3 Episode 3- Exploring the Etiology of Multiple Sclerosis
Episode 4 Episode 4- Characterizing Multiple Sclerosis
Episode 5 Episode 5 - Elucidating the Economic Burden of MS
Episode 6 Episode 6 - Discussing the Pathophysiology of MS
Episode 7 Episode 7 - Increased Monetary Costs of Multiple Sclerosis
Episode 8 Episode 8 - Long-Term Effects of Disease-Modifying Therapies
Episode 9 Episode 9 - Exploring Trials, Data, and the Future of Multiple Sclerosis
Episode 10 Episode 10 - Treatment Complexities
Episode 11 Episode 11 - Clinical Guidelines Vital to the Future of MS
Episode 12 Episode 12 - New MS Agents Challenged
Episode 13 Episode 13 - Treatment Challenges for Progressive Disease
Episode 14 Episode 14 - Concerns about Rising Costs of Treatment
Episode 15 Episode 15 - Controlling Drug Prices and Working at the Population Level
Episode 16 Episode 16 - MRI Scans and MS
Episode 17 Episode 17 - Conclusion: Treatment Advancements and Final Remarks