**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 Price Transparency Bill Enacted in Oregon

The Governor of Oregon signed into law this week House Bill 4005, the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act (Act). The Act requires manufacturers to report by March 31st each year information regarding each prescription drug for which: (i) the price was $100 or more for a one-month supply or for a course of treatment […]

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 […]

Nevada Issues Regulations and Guidance Related to Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Transparency Reporting Requirements

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (Department) recently released draft regulations implementing SB 539, which was signed into law in June 2017. The regulations require drug manufacturers and pharmacy benefits managers to submit a report in the format listed on the Department website by April 1st for the […]

New Jersey Adopts Regulations Targeting Gifts and Payments from Pharmaceutical Manufacturers to Prescribers

Regulations adopted by the New Jersey Attorney General Division of Consumer Affairs titled LIMITATIONS ON AND OBLIGATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH PRESCRIBER ACCEPTANCE OF COMPENSATION FROM PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS became effective last week. These Regulations provide the rules under which prescribers may receive anything of value from pharmaceutical and biologics manufacturers. ‘Prescribers’ is defined […]