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Proposal to Study Wholesalers in the US and their Implications for Drug Spending

Grant Details

Grantee Organization
President and Fellows of Harvard College

Principal Investigator
Elizabeth Seeley, Ph.D., M.S.

Term
9/1/20 - 7/31/21

Award Amount
$70,000

Approval Year

Related Program
Controlling Health Care Costs

Topics
Health System Performance and Costs

Grant Details

Grantee Organization
President and Fellows of Harvard College

Principal Investigator
Elizabeth Seeley, Ph.D., M.S.

Term
9/1/20 - 7/31/21

Award Amount
$70,000

Approval Year

Related Program
Controlling Health Care Costs

Topics
Health System Performance and Costs

This project will examine the role of wholesalers in the pharmaceutical distribution chain and their impact on pharmaceutical drug costs. This will include an analysis of the business practices of wholesalers to help policymakers identify the most policy relevant areas to manage pharmaceutical spending and the stability the supply chain of drugs -- especially salient during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers will conduct a literature review of peer-reviewed literature, lay media, legal cases, and reports along with interviews of key stakeholders, which includes a representative sample of large wholesalers, small “gray” wholesalers, manufacturers, and retail pharmacies, among others. Finally, the project will tie together the findings from this and the grantee’s projects on pharmacy benefit managers and pharmacies and recommend reforms that could improve purchasing efficiency throughout the pharmaceutical distribution chain.

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