Jan 4 • 48M

Ep. 34 - How to reform the orphan drug market


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Matthew Handley
Ron Howrigon
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This week on the FLATLINING Podcast, Matthew and Ron take on the money-related topics of medical debt and orphan drugs. Who does medical debt hurt more: patients or providers? Is Medicare for All or single payor healthcare the solution to medical debt?

Drug companies make billions on orphan drugs, meant for a small number of people with very serious illnesses. Is this ethical? What was the purpose of the Orphan Drug Act? How can the drug market be reformed?

Ron and Matthew take on all of these topics on this week’s episode of the FLATLINING Podcast.

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Articles mentioned in this program:

Hundreds of Hospitals Sue Patients or Threaten Their Credit, a KHN Investigation Finds. Does Yours? - Kaiser Health News

Life-saving treatments, blockbuster profits - WORLD Magazine

Nonprofit healthcare will likely take years to recover, S&P says - Becker’s Hospital Review