Rachel Sachs

Associate Professor of Law

Rachel Sachs

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Biography

Rachel Sachs is a scholar of innovation policy whose work explores the interaction of intellectual property law, food and drug regulation, and health law. Her work examines problems of innovation and access, considering how law helps or hinders these problems.

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WashU Expert: Budget provides insight into Trump Administration drug policy

During his first year in office, President Donald Trump spoke about high drug prices but took little action to address the problem. His budget proposal, released this week, does lay out a strategy — though what is most notable is not what’s included, but rather what is missing. Rachel Sachs, an expert on drug pricing and policy at Washington University in St. Louis, weighs in.
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Drug policy: The year in review, and the year ahead

Last year was an unquestionably busy time for health care news of all kinds. Media and policy coverage rightly focused on the many attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but it was also an eventful year in news for those of us who focus on prescription drug policy. In this post, I review five of the biggest drug policy developments of the past year, and look ahead to five issues I expect to make headlines in 2018.
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WashU Expert: Incentivizing new uses for off-patent drugs

Generic medications could be an effective way to improve health outcomes while lowering costs, but the existing drug patent system is poorly designed to motivate such discoveries, says an expert on health law at Washington University in St. Louis.