Peter Loftus '88 Finalist for Pulitzer Prize
Peter Loftus, a graduate from the Class of 1988, was one of five reporters from The Wall Street Journal named as finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting.
Peter D. Loftus '88, is part of a team of reporters at The Wall Street Journal that was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. Loftus, along with Jonathan D. Rockoff, Joseph Walker, Jeanne Whalen, and Ed Silverman were named finalists for their "lucid explanation of how pharmaceutical companies employ secretive tactics to raise prices relentlessly, at cost to patients and taxpayers."
Their nominated work included eight articles published in The Wall Street Journal:
- "Firms Buy Rival Drugs, Then Raise Their Prices" (April 27, 2015)
- "Price Increases Drive Drug Firms Revenue" (October 6, 2015)
- "Valeant's Ties to Pharmacy Scrutinized" (October 26, 2015)
- "Tough Sales Tactics Used at Philidor" (October 29, 2016)
- "U.S. Drug Prices Dwarf Other Nations" (December 1, 2015)
- "The Anatomy of a Drug Price" (December 9, 2015)
- "Employers Battle Drug Costs" (December 19, 2015)
- "Patients Struggle With High Drug Prices" (December 31, 2015)
The series of articles was "a feat of old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting and contemporary data-mining on a global scale. Masterfully mixing high-level insight and analysis with powerful human detail, it shone a light on a complex and poorly understood subject at the heart of global economics and American society."