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Cathy Kelly

Senior Writer

Washington, DC
Cathy Kelly has been covering reimbursement and market access news for more than a decade for "The Pink Sheet" and other publications that are now part of Informa's pharmaceutical intelligence resources. Her expertise spans legislative, regulatory and public policy topics as well as coverage trends in public and private insurance markets. Cathy is especially interested in following the ongoing transformation of the US health care system and its effect upon major stakeholders in the biopharma industry. She is based in Washington D.C.

Latest From Cathy Kelly

OIG Still Wary Of Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors For Value-Based Arrangements Involving Drugs

US health department’s Office of Inspector General reviews its concerns with allowing remuneration from drug firms in value-based arrangements in latest report to Congress.

Regulation Medicare

Payer Transparency Reforms: Moving From Rebates To Drug Access Restrictions

Institute for Clinical and Economic Review analysis of whether payers are providing ‘fair access’ to fairly priced drugs was hampered by a lack of transparency among payers, leading to calls for reform.

Reimbursement Pricing Strategies

Step Therapy: As Bill Aims To Routinize Processes, Study Finds Policies Often Stricter Than Clinical Guidelines

Chronic migraine and anti-inflammatory treatments were most often subject to step therapy, Tufts researchers found. Policies varied from payer to payer, raising concerns over the impact of shifting requirements for treating the same disease as patients move among insurers.

Reimbursement Policy

Real-World Evidence Registry Aims To Build Research Credibility Through Transparency

Pre-registration of study protocols will be voluntary and concerns with revealing proprietary information, among other issues, could be a deterrent to participation. But the developers of the registry hope that researchers will conclude the benefits of doing so outweigh the risks.

Real-World Evidence Research & Development

Medical Benefit, Hospital Drugs Exempt From Detailed Cost, Coverage Reporting In Final Rule

The most detailed US reporting requirements regarding prescription drug costs and coverage will target medicines reimbursed under the retail pharmacy benefit.

Pricing Strategies Reimbursement

Pfizer Getting $529 Per Course For Paxlovid Under US Contract; Did Merck Drive A Harder Bargain?

US government is paying Merck & Co. around $181 more per course of treatment for its oral antiviral for COVID-19, molnupiravir, than it is to Pfizer for its competing drug.

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