May 23, 2017

The Downward Spiral of the 340B Program

From Warren H. Fong, M.D., President of the Medical Oncology Association of Southern California

As the president of the Medical Oncology Association of Southern California and a practicing oncologist for nearly two decades, I have seen firsthand the negative impact the rapidly escalating abuse of the 340B Drug Pricing Program has had on cancer patients, healthcare costs and society. This growth has occurred without a proportional improvement in services to the poor and underserved — the very patients the program was designed to help. Contrary to former Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-Calif.) analysis (“A program that works exactly as intended,” May 2), 340B is clearly broken).

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