National LTC Pharmacy Advocacy Group: Cigna/Express Scripts Deal Heightens Salience of Gottlieb Comments Regarding PBMs and “Rigged Payment Schemes”

“Rapidly accelerating vertical and horizontal integration and growing secrecy threaten nation’s commitment to free and fair markets” – DoJ Should Reject Cigna/Express Scripts and Aetna/CVS Health…Read More.

SCPC Applauds FDA Commissioner Gottlieb’s Comments Saying PBMs Complicit in “Kabuki Drug-Pricing Constructs” and “Rigged Payment Scheme”

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today praised Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s pointed comments at an annual conference of health insurers in which he charged that pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) middlemen are complicit in “Kabuki drug pricing constructs” that expose consumers to high costs and discourage needed competition…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

SCPC Praises Bipartisan “CARA 2.0 Act of 2018″, Stresses Importance of Recognizing Urgent Medication Needs of LTC Facility-based Seniors

National Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacy Group Urges Congress to Follow 2016 Precedent by Exempting LTC Facilities from 3-Day Dose Provision…Read More.

CVS-Aetna Merger Proposal Emblematic of Growing Arms Race to Consolidate, Control Consumer Access to Health Care, Prescription Drugs

House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Drug Supply Chain Should Examine Increasingly Oligopolistic Health Care System, Efforts to Monopolize Prescription Drug Marketplace…Read More.

To help elderly patients, CMS should prohibit PBM fees – not reform them

Over just the past few years, the nation’s three largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) – CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and Optum Rx – have come to control more than 80% of prescriptions dispensed in America…Read more.

National LTC Pharmacy Group Praises Trump White House Report Targeting PBM “Lack of Transparency”

Report Says Policies to Disrupt PBM Oligopoly “Can Reduce the Price of Drugs Paid by Consumers”…Read More.

Desperate Fig Leaf: PBM Effort to Use Non-Interference Clause to Systematize Price-Gouging

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From the standpoint of the widening national debate on drug pricing issues, 2017 was a watershed year…Read more.

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition Comments on Healthcare Choice and Competition

January 25, 2018 Via Electronic Submission: John R. Graham Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Re: Response to RFI: Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Dear Mr. Graham: The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) commends the office of the Assistant Secretary read more…

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) Slams PBM Industry Attempt to Hide Behind Non-Interference Clause to Sustain Anti-Competitive Price Gouging

National LTC Pharmacy Advocacy Group Says Congress Never Intended Clause to be Misused to Undermine Free-Market…Read More.

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