***Further update – Federal Court Vacates Rule*** Yesterday, U.S. District Court for the D.C. Circuit Judge Amit Mehta invalidated the final rule. In ruling on the merits, Judge Mehta said the Department of Health and Human Services went beyond its rulemaking authority. Specifically the ruling states, “[n]either the Act’s text, structure, […]
This week a California judge dismissed a lawsuit filed in December 2017 by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) challenging CA S.B. 17. PhRMA had sought a declaration that Section 4 of S.B. 17 was unconstitutional and a permanent injunction preventing the state’s Governor and Director of the Office […]
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance and a Fact Sheet that will provide Medicare Advantage (MA) plans the option of utilizing “step therapy” for Medicare Part B drugs. Recall, the concept of changing the way Medicare pays for Part B drugs was first discussed in the Administration’s May 2018 Blueprint.
Following on the heels of several other states, including California, Nevada and Oregon, that have enacted drug pricing transparency bills, Connecticut and Vermont are the latest states to join the fray. In Connecticut, Public Act No. 18-41 requires pharmacy benefits managers (PBM), health carriers, and drug manufacturers to report certain information […]
***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 […]
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 […]