Category: Healthcare

OIG Advisory Opinion Permits Limited Provision of Free Telemedicine Hardware and Services

On May 31, 2018, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion No. 18-03 regarding an arrangement in which a not-for-profit Federally qualified health center look-alike (Provider) would provide, at no charge, certain information technology-related equipment and services to a County Department of Health health clinic (County Clinic) for […]

***UPDATED*** Senate ‘Right to Try’ Bill Under Consideration in the House of Representatives

***6/8/18 Update*** President Trump signed S. 204, now Public Law No: 115-173, into law on May 30th. ***5/23/18 Update*** The House passed S. 204 on Tuesday in a 250-169 vote in favor of the measure. The U.S. House of Representatives (House) is slated to vote today on S. 204, a ‘Right […]

Two Enacted State Laws Permit Truthful Off-Label Promotion

Earlier this month, Tennessee House Bill 2220 (substituted for Senate Bill 2361) (Tennessee Law) was enacted, which provides, “A pharmaceutical manufacturer or its representatives may engage in the truthful promotion of off-label uses.” The Tennessee Law is effective July 1, 2018. This law follows on the heels of “The Free […]

**UPDATED*** Administration Releases Long-Awaited Drug Pricing Reform Plan

***5/14/2018 Update***   This morning, HHS Secretary Azar gave a speech offering additional details on the Blueprint.  Included in his remarks are plans to publicly identify companies suspected of “using public health rules to pad their profits”; send letters to all Medicare Part D plan sponsors indicating gag clauses in pharmacy contracts are unacceptable […]

President set to outline drug pricing plan: how far will it go?

Tomorrow at 2 p.m., EST,  the President is scheduled to deliver a long-awaited drug pricing strategy speech to put “America’s patients first.”  While details of the speech have been closely held, it is anticipated that it will  discuss a “comprehensive strategy” for combating the rising cost of prescription drugs and build on two previous actions which […]

OIG Advisory Opinion Approves Ostomy Supply Distributor to Provide Free Product Samples

On Monday, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion No. 18-02 regarding an arrangement in which the Requestor who distributes and sells, but does not manufacture, certain ostomy products (Products) provides a limited number of free Product samples to patients and contracts with a third party (Contractor) to […]

Drug Costs Targeted in Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Yesterday, the Administration released its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Budget blueprint. The $4.4 trillion Budget blueprint includes several proposals directed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs. These proposals are presented across the Budget volumes that reflect the Administration’s policy and fiscal priorities. Since many of these proposals require  Congressional […]

OIG Permits Drug Companies To Provide Free Medications in Limited Circumstances to Patients for 2018 Following Advisory Opinion Rescission

As we discussed last month, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) rescinded Advisory Opinion 06-04 (Opinion 06-04), provided to a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable patient assistance program (PAP) because it determined that the PAP failed to fully, completely and accurately disclose all relevant and material facts to the OIG and failed […]

FDA Releases Digital Health Guidance to Spur Innovation

On December 7th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the release of a much-anticipated suite of guidance documents that loosen the regulatory requirements for digital health technologies.  By clarifying what is – and what is not – subject to regulation, this set of guidance could create significant opportunities for […]

OIG Revokes Patient Assistance Program Advisory Opinion Protection

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) rescinded Advisory Opinion 06-04 (Opinion 06-04) on November 28, 2017, retroactive to its original issuance date of April 20, 2006. Opinion 06-04 had been modified by the OIG on December 23, 2015. Issued to a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable patient assistance program that provides aid […]