Hospital groups are growing more concerned about white bagging—the payer practice of requiring them to obtain specialty drugs, often for cancer treatment, from the payer's chosen specialty pharmacies. | Shutterstock

Hospital Groups Want FDA to Curtail Specialty Drug White Bagging

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and ASHP (the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “take appropriate action” against white bagging—the health care payer requirement that hospitals obtain specialty drugs for insured patients from the payer’s chosen specialty pharmacy or pharmacies, not from the hospital’s in-house or contract specialty pharmacies.

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