Questrom’s Rena Conti One of Nine Leading Experts to Join Council for Informed Drug Spending Analysis

New nonpartisan research and advocacy organization will focus on policies aimed at lowering prescription drug prices and managing drug spending.

The Questrom School of Business is proud to announce that Rena M. Conti, a Dean’s Research Scholar and Professor of Markets, Public Policy & Law, is one of nine leading experts that will make up the Council for Informed Drug Spending Analysis (CIDSA). This new nonpartisan research and advocacy organization has been formed “to serve as a resource for policymakers, news media and the public seeking objective information and analysis of policies aimed at lowering prescription drug prices and managing drug spending.”

CIDSA’s mission could not be more timely. Controlling prescription drug prices while incentivizing pharmaceutical research and development is one of the most critical objectives in health care policy right now. The cost of these life-saving treatments is, for far too many Americans, a near-insurmountable barrier with serious health consequences that ripple across society. These are the kind of problems that Questrom faculty confront every day- not only in their own research, but also in educating the next generation of business and policy leaders.

Professor Conti is uniquely suited for this endeavor. As a nationally-recognized authority on the economics of healthcare, her writing on prescription drug pricing, demand, and supply has been an invaluable contribution to policymakers’ and industry experts’ understanding of the issue. In her roles as an Associate Professor at Questrom and Associate Research Director of Biopharma & Public Policy for the Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy, she combines original research with an unmistakable passion to communicate essential concepts to students, peers, and policymakers. In this year alone, her body of work has included insightful studies of insulin pricing, the opioid crisis, and hospital pharmacies- research which will inform her new role at CIDSA. Her selection for this body is a vindication of her tireless work in this field.

To learn more, members of the Questrom community can visit CIDSA’s website.

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