Lawmakers look to reduce AWP to fund cancer drugs

Friday, May 31, 2002

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) would like to see the averaged wholesale price of albuterol and other Medicare covered drugs slashed and the savings used to pay for oral cancer drugs.

Rockefeller and Sen. Olympia Snow (R-Maine) introduced bills in 2001 that would provide coverage of oral cancer drugs. Rockefeller's legislative assistant, Yvette Shenouda, said last month: "I would give this a 75% chance of happening legislatively this year with some sort of package of a fix of AWP and access to cancer therapy." HME