Monday, April 26, 2010

Transparent Pricing Benchmarks Update (sponsor)

Below is a brief update from about their upcoming Transparent Pricing Benchmarks Conference. This conference is a sponsor of Drug Channels.

The goal of the conference is straightforward and timely: “Identify and discuss the emerging strategies for implementing a transparent prescription drug pricing benchmark and motivate attendees to begin to solve the problem together as an industry.”

The conference will be held in Washington DC, on May 26-27, 2010, and moderated by Ben Sasse, Ph.D., U.S. assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2007-2009, currently Public Policy Faculty Member, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas.

The speakers will address the historical significance of pricing models and their substantial impact in the industry, the pros and cons of staying with the current model, as well as offer compelling arguments to develop the method to determine the eventual pricing benchmark to replace AWP, and what that new benchmark will mean to business. Attendees will be challenged to define the standards which will drive the industry to develop a new prescription drug pricing benchmark.

The following speakers have been added since the original announcement on March 3, 2010.

  • Thomas Barker, Former Acting General Counsel and Policy Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Foley Hoag, Washington, D.C.
  • Yaron Brook, Ph.D., President, Ayn Rand Institute; Executive Director, Ayn Rand Center of Individual Rights
  • Ted Crooks, General Manager, Global Analytics Inc.
  • Kelli D. Littlejohn, R.Ph., Pharm.D., Director of Pharmacy, Alabama Medicaid Agency
  • Carol Herrmann-Steckel, MPH, Commissioner, Alabama Medicaid Agency
Previously announced speakers include:
  • The Honorable Tom Davis, U.S. Congressman, 1995-2008, former chair, House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight
  • David Cutler, PhD, Senior Health Care Advisor, Obama Presidential Campaign, member of Council of Economic Advisors and National Economic Council for President Clinton, Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University
  • Charlie Baker, Secretary of Administration and Finance 1994-1998, CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, currently in a bid to run for Governor of Massachusetts.
For a complete agenda, including additional speakers and breakout sessions, and to register, please visit Please make your reservation by May 3rd, 2010 to receive the Special Discounted Group Rate of $299 per night.


  1. Adam, could you email me the transcript or give me the highlights Kelli littlejohn's presentation?

  2. I'm sure you're having a great time at this conference! I know you are against PBM transparency, what's your opinion on Transparent rx pricing?

  3. Brett,

    The conference will be held on May 26-27. Please contact directly for details or information about transcripts.


  4. Sorry I misunderstood! I thought you were there now!