Arkansas PBM Reform Law Targeting Generic Drug Pricing Abuses Good Model for Other States

Continuing the discussion surrounding the growing number of bipartisan state-based laws to reform secretive, opaque pricing policies practiced by the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) industry, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today praised Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) for signing Act 900 into law earlier this year — ending PBMs’ ability to reimburse independent long-term care (LTC) pharmacies and others dramatically less than the actual cost of acquiring and dispensing generic drugs…Read More

CA Gov Jerry Brown Praised by National Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacy Group for Signing MAC Transparency Bill Into Law

Saying there is growing bipartisan momentum at the state level to reform the longstanding secretive and opaque Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) drug pricing policies antithetical to the interests of patients and taxpayers, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today praised California Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) for signing into law AB 627, which brings badly-needed reforms to abusive Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) pricing and reimbursement practices…Read More

SCPC Praises Broad Bipartisan Support in U.S. House for 21st Century Cures Act

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today praised House passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, and thanked lawmakers for both recognizing the unique challenges facing long-term care (LTC) pharmacy patients and providers, and for including bill language exempting Part D beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities and other settings from a previously proposed medication management “lock-in” provision…Read More

National LTC Pharmacy Leader Praises Kasich Effort to Bring Transparency to PBM Drug Pricing

Noting the need to step up federal scrutiny of “secretive and opaque” pricing policies currently practiced by the rapidly consolidating pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) industry, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today praised Ohio Governor John Kasich (R-OH) for signing into law a new state effort to help pull back the curtain on PBM drug pricing and reimbursement practices… Read More

SCPC Applauds Unanimous House Panel Passage of 21st Century Cures Bill Recognizing Unique Challenges Facing Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacy Patients, Providers

In praising today’s unanimous passage of 21st Century Cures legislation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) thanked the Committee for recognizing the unique challenges facing long-term care (LTC) pharmacy patients and providers, and for including bill language exempting Part D beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities and other settings from a proposed medication management “lock-in” provision…Read More

New SCPC Comment Letter to FDA: Repackaging Guidance Must Account for Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacies’ Patient Safety Concerns

A new comment letter from the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requests modifications to proposed repackaging and distribution guidance as applied to long-term care (LTC) pharmacies…Read More

Revised 21st Century Cures Part D “Lock-In” Language “A Significant Step in Right Direction” for LTC Pharmacy Patients, Providers

The following is a statement from Alan G. Rosenbloom, President of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC), commenting on newly revised language in the 21st Century Cures draft legislation as it pertains to programs to prevent prescription drug abuse under Medicare Parts C and D (the so-called “lock-in” provision)…Read More

Proposed Medicare Part D “Lock-in” Provision Problematic For Long Term Care Pharmacies, Patients

In a statement submitted for the record for today’s House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on pending “21st Century Cures” legislation, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) said a proposed Medicare Part D “lock-in” provision contained in the new draft bill could inadvertently restrict seniors’ access to needed medications in skilled nursing facilities and other long term care facilities…Read More

New Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) Website Details LTC Pharmacy Policy Agenda

In announcing the new Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) website is now live, SCPC’s President and CEO said that among the group’s most significant objectives is to help educate lawmakers, regulators, staff and the health care policy community about the value of independent LTC pharmacies to seniors’ care, and the significant differences between the retail and long term care pharmacy sectors…Read More

SCPC Questions Applicability of Proposed Medicare Part D “Lock-in” Provision to Long Term Care Pharmacies, Patients

In joining the American Medical Association (AMA) and others in raising practical concerns about a proposed Medicare Part D pharmacy “lock-in” provision, the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) today stressed the sharp difference between retail and independent long term care (LTC) pharmacies…Read More

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