Dr. Bill Smith, a visiting fellow in the life sciences at the Boston-based think tank, Pioneer Institute, and former drug industry veteran, joins the State of Health to talk about the evolving market dynamics in the drug industry starting with the Orphan Drug Act and the industry’s rush into therapeutic development for rare diseases.

In this episode, Gunnar presses Dr. Smith on the sustainability of high list prices and burden for the insurance industry. Dr. Smith also talks about rising coinsurance rates as a barrier to patient access. The show concludes with Dr. Smith’s hopes for the future of drug development and evolving market dynamic.

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