Walden, Burgess request federal merger review of Pharmacy Benefit Managers
The Ripon Advance
U.S. Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) want details about whether the mega-mergers among Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) has contributed to rising national drug prices for the more than 266 million Americans using PBM prescription drug plans…Read More.
FDA wants to shorten new drug monopolies to cut costs
In an effort to increase competition and bring down prescription drug prices, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb wants to speed approval times for rivals to promising new first-to-market medicines…Read More.
Comment Letter to CMS on the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2019 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2019 Draft Call Letter
The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Part D provisions of the Draft Call Letter titled, “Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2019 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2019 Draft Call Letter.” The Draft Call Letter includes several proposals affecting beneficiary access to medications under the program and the ability of long-term care (LTC) pharmacies to dispense those medications and provide related consultative services…Read More
Solutions to PBM Pricing Abuses Must Address Entire Drug Supply Chain
SCPC Tells HELP Committee “A comprehensive full-spectrum solution is the only real option”…Read More.
SCPC Praises Final FDA Repackaging Guidance Recognizing LTC Pharmacies’ Unique Value in U.S. Health Care Continuum
Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) Lauds Elimination of 14-Day Pre-Packaging Guideline, Proceeding with Additional Analysis of LTC Pharmacy Issues Washington, DC – Following an initial analysis, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today praised the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) final regulatory guidance regarding the “Repackaging of Certain Human Drug Products by Pharmacies and Outsourcing read more…
Pharmacy owner: There’s a huge issue with PBMs
Brad Arthur, Black Rock Pharmacy co-owner, shares his take on the rising drug prices and the pharma supply chain…Read More
Filling A Prescription? You Might Be Better Off Paying Cash
Kaiser Health News
Pharmacists say large pharmacy benefit management (PBM) firms that handle benefit claims for millions of Americans are pocketing the difference, while those firms say pharmacists themselves are being greedy…Read More
House Members Want Greater Transparency on Drugs Reimbursement
Sixteen House members are asking three pairs of committee leaders to consider a bill they say would improve transparency of the business partnerships between the government and pharmacy benefit managers…Read More
Comment Letter on CMS Medicare & Medicaid Conditions of Participation for LTC Facilities Proposed Rule
The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (“SCPC”) appreciates the opportunity to address the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) “Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities” Proposed Rule, 80 Fed. Reg. 42168 (July 16, 2015) (the “Proposed Rule”1). The SCPC is the national association representing independent long term care (“LTC”) pharmacies. read more…