Arkansas Insurance Dept. to Rule Next Month on PhRMA’s Petition to Block Novel 340B Contract Pharmacy Law

An Arkansas Insurance Department hearing officer said last week she would decide by Oct. 13 whether to stay enforcement of a state law requiring drug manufacturers to honor 340B contract pharmacy arrangements.

An Arkansas Insurance Department hearing officer said last week she would decide by Oct. 13 whether to stay enforcement of a state law requiring drug manufacturers to honor 340B contract pharmacy arrangements pending resolution of a bevy of federal lawsuits

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N.C. Lawmakers Leave 340B DSH, Children’s, and Cancer Hospitals and HTCs Unprotected from PBM Pickpocketing

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North Carolina lawmakers excluded 340B disproportionate share hospitals, children’s hospitals, free-standing cancer hospitals, and hemophilia treatment centers from protection against discriminatory PBM treatment under a bill passed and sent to the governor this week.

North Carolina lawmakers approved a final deal Wednesday to protect some, but not all, of the state’s 340B covered entities against discrimination by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

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Hearing Friday on PhRMA’s Push to Quash First State Law to Protect 340B Contract Pharmacy Program

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Alan McClain temporarily suspended his state's new 340B contract pharmacy law pending a review of its constitutionality.

The Arkansas Insurance Department is holding a public hearing this Friday morning on whether it should strike down as unconstitutional the nation’s first state law to address pharmaceutical manufacturer denials of 340B pricing on drugs when they are dispensed by

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N.C. Lawmakers Debate Over the Reach of 340B “Pickpocketing” Protections

North Carolina lawmakers are debating whether to grant all 340B covered entities and their contract pharmacies, or only some, protection against discrimination by pharmacy benefit managers.

North Carolina lawmakers are debating whether to grant all 340B covered entities and their contract pharmacies, or only some, protection against discrimination by pharmacy benefit managers.

 

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340B Entities Left Out of BMS’s $75 Million Settlement; Whistleblower Pursues Case Against Lilly

340B covered entities will get none of the $75 million Bristol Myers Squibb is paying to settle claims it underreported its average manufacturer prices (AMPs) in order to underpay Medicaid drug rebates. A whistleblower is pursuing a similar case against Lilly.

340B covered entities will get none of the $75 million Bristol Myers Squibb is paying California, 27 other states, and the federal government to settle claims it underreported its average manufacturer prices (AMPs) in order to underpay Medicaid drug rebates.

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PhRMA Challenges First State Law Protecting 340B Contract Pharmacy Program

Arkansas has temporarily suspended enforcement of the nation’s first state law to address pharmaceutical manufacturer denials of 340B pricing on drugs when they are dispensed by contract pharmacies.

Arkansas has temporarily suspended enforcement of the nation’s first state law to address pharmaceutical manufacturer denials of 340B pricing on drugs when they are dispensed by contract pharmacies.

 

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In Fight with National Implications, Calif. 340B Providers Try to Stop Move That Could Result in Millions of Lost Savings

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's twice-delayed executive order that would slash Medicaid reimbursement for 340B-purchased drugs is back on track.

California’s twice-postponed shift of Medicaid (Medi-Cal) managed care prescription drug benefits to Medi-Cal fee for service (FFS) is back on for Jan. 1, 2022, one year later than originally planned.

 

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce 340B Anti-Discrimination Measure but Leave Out Most 340B Hospitals

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) is pushing for passage of legislation to eliminate payer and pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) discrimination against health centers, critical access hospitals, Ryan White HIV/AIDS program grantees, and their contract pharmacies.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) is pushing for passage of a package of 13 “Less for Rx” bills to control prescription drug costs, including one to eliminate payer and pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) discrimination against certain 340B covered entities.

 

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16 States Have Passed Laws Since 2019 Targeting PBMs’ 340B Payment Cuts

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A new tally of state laws and a new white paper are the latest signs of states' growing role in policing PBM efforts to ratchet down reimbursement for 340B-purchased drugs. | Shutterstock

Sixteen states have passed laws since 2019 addressing pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) discrimination against 340B covered entities, according to a draft summary of state action on the subject circulating among community health center advocates.

Meanwhile, two longtime 340B program policy

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In First of Its Kind Legislation, Louisiana Cracks Down on White-Bagging Requirements

Louisiana has just enacted a law stopping insurers or their pharmacy benefit managers from requiring or pressuring in-network providers to accept "white bagging" of physician-administered drugs. | Shutterstock
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) has signed legislation stopping insurers or their pharmacy benefit managers from requiring or pressuring in-network providers to obtain physician-administered drugs exclusively from pharmacies in the insurer’s network.

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