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Pennsylvania 340B covered entities are alarmed about the state's position that contract pharmacies may not dispense 340B drugs to any Medicaid beneficiaries.

Pennsylvania Says Contract Pharmacies May Not Dispense 340B Drugs to Any Medicaid Beneficiaries

Pennsylvania 340B health centers and hospitals are alarmed about a Dec. 22 state human services department notice to providers that 340B covered entities’ contract pharmacies “must dispense non-340B-purchased drugs to [Medicaid] beneficiaries in the [fee for service] and managed care delivery systems.”

The document had a Jan. 1 effective date and arrived during the holidays when many entity pharmacy staff responsible for 340B were taking time off. It also coincided with a gubernatorial transition, making it hard for about a week to know whom in the department was in charge, entity representatives said. Josh Shapiro (D) was sworn in as governor yesterday, succeeding Tom Wolf (D). Shapiro last week named anesthesiologist Dr. Val Arkoosh to be the new human services secretary. Now serving in an acting capacity, her nomination must be approved by the Pennsylvania Senate.

Pennsylvania 340B health centers and hospitals are alarmed about a Dec. 22 state human services department notice to providers that 340B covered entities’ contract pharmacies “must dispense non-340B-purchased drugs to [Medicaid] beneficiaries in the [fee for service] and managed care delivery systems.”

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