Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program Patient-Focused Listening Sessions

Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program Patient-Focused Listening Sessions


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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a series of patient-focused Listening Sessions in Fall 2023 as part of the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program. The virtual public Listening Sessions provided an opportunity for patients, beneficiaries, caregivers, consumer and patient organizations, and other interested parties to share input relevant to drugs selected for the first round of negotiations.

Patient-Focused Listening Session Redacted Transcripts

CMS hosted 10 Listening Sessions, one for each of the selected drugs, between October 30 - November 15, 2023. Below, find redacted copies of the patient-focused Listening Session transcripts. To maintain fidelity with speakers’ remarks, the transcripts reflect speakers’ language and word choices, including colloquial language. Names and other identifying data were redacted for patients, patient advocacy organization representatives, and family members/caregivers according to the Safe Harbor method.

Listening Session Attendance and Registration

The Listening Sessions were open to the public and were live streamed.

CMS used a process to randomly select speakers from among the individuals who registered for the chance to speak.

Opportunities for Public Input

The listening sessions provided an opportunity for patient-focused input relevant to the selected drugs, including information related to clinical benefit of the selected drugs as compared to therapeutic alternatives, how the selected drugs address unmet need, and how the selected drugs impact specific populations. The sessions were listen-only; CMS did not respond to feedback during the sessions.

To accommodate as many speakers as possible during each session, public statements were limited to no more than three minutes per person. To help speakers in planning remarks, CMS provided the following optional discussion topics:

  • Patients’ day-to-day experiences living with the condition(s) treated by the selected drug, including how the experience may differ for different patient populations as well as patient caregivers and families.
  • How the selected drug impacts patients, including both benefits and side effects, as compared to the therapeutic alternative(s), and which outcomes matter most to patients with the condition(s) treated by the selected drug.
  • Patient experiences of access, adherence, and affordability of the selected drug as compared to therapeutic alternative(s).
  • Any other information about the selected drug, the condition(s) it is used to treat, and other treatments used for that condition(s) that the speaker believes is important.

Submitted Statement

In addition to the opportunity to provide input during a listening session, the public was also able to submit written input between September 1 – October 2, 2023, in response to the 2023 CMS information collection request about selected drugs and evidence about alternative treatments. Submissions could include data on the selected drugs, therapeutic alternatives to the selected drugs, data related to unmet medical need and impacts on specific populations as well as the patient/caregiver experience. 

Contact Information

For further information about the Listening Sessions please contact CMS by email at with the subject line “Patient-Focused Listening Sessions.”

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