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April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Rick Scott said Tuesday (April 2) that he told President Donald Trump he is focused on lowering prescription drug prices, despite the president's request last week that he help lead an effort to replace the Affordable Care Act.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

Hospitals are pleased that the Health Resources and Services Administration made the 340B ceiling price website available to 340B providers on Monday (April 1), and Maureen Testoni, president and CEO of 340B Health, said the group expects to get feedback from members over the next few months about the website and possible discrepancies between what hospitals pay for 340B drugs and the cap on what they should be charged.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

CMS did not eliminate nonpreferred drug tiers or stop insurers from placing generics on brand drugs tiers.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Monday (April 1) finalized its call for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans to do more to reduce opioid dependence among beneficiaries and expand access to naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, by reducing beneficiaries’ costs through new tiering policies, among other possible actions.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

A Gilead subsidiary asked to negotiate an agreement with Louisiana to protect the company from potential losses under the Medicaid best price rule that could stem from participating in the state’s innovative subscription model to provide hepatitis C drugs to its Medicaid and corrections populations, according to documents obtained by Inside Health Policy.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

Kite Pharma representatives pressed White House budget officials at a March 22 meeting to increase Medicare pay to hospitals for administering CAR-T, according to a White House log of the meeting, and they suggested pilot designs to test new pay arrangements for the expensive cancer treatments.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Wednesday (March 27) signaled he would back a bill extending the Trump administration’s proposal to shift rebates to the point of sale to the commercial market.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

Outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb suggested Congress consider establishing incentives, including market exclusivity, to help drive development of safer pain medications.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) on Friday (March 29) introduced an international reference pricing proposal for prescription drugs that is more aggressive than the Trump administration’s version that has rankled drug makers and split GOP lawmakers.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

The House passed Monday (March 25) legislation to stop drug companies from avoiding Medicaid rebates by misclassifying brand drugs as generics, but the bill could face opposition in the Senate even though the upper chamber's original Right Rebate Act was bipartisan.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

New York state has filed a lawsuit against opioid makers and distributors and the Sackler family, which founded Purdue Pharma and developed OxyContin, for false and deceptive marketing of opioids that the state alleges helped spur the opioid epidemic, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday (March 28).

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

Senate health committee chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Thursday (March 28) that he is working with health committee ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA), Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) to develop a bill in each committee to lower health care costs by summer.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Republicans on the House Energy & Commerce Committee tried in vain on Wednesday (March 27) to amend bills aimed at speeding generic competition.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) said Tuesday (March 26) that she has no plans to hold oversight hearings on the 340B drug discount program.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, has settled with the state of Oklahoma for $270 million in the state’s opioid litigation against multiple opioid makers over their allegedly deceptive marketing practices.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats repeatedly asked how the Trump administration would meet its goals of eradicating new HIV transmissions by 2030 if the proposed budget would cut $1.3 trillion from the Medicaid program.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Louisiana Department of Health picked Gilead subsidiary Asegua Therapeutics to fulfill its first-in-the nation subscription model to provide hepatitis C drugs to state Medicaid and corrections populations, the department announced Tuesday (March 26).

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Energy & Commerce health subcommittee is scheduled to mark up Wednesday (March 27) a dozen health care bills, half of which are drug pricing bills and half of which would undo changes Republicans made to the Affordable Care Act.

March 22, 2019 | Daily News

CVS Health this week is pressing drug makers to hold off raising net prices to help the insurer accurately set Medicare Part D bids for 2020, according to a CVS letter to 60 drug makers obtained by Inside Drug Pricing.

March 22, 2019 | Daily News

White House officials are talking with staff for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) about drug-pricing legislation that could be included in a spending bill this fall, while Senate Finance Committee staff gear up to write a drug- pricing bill they hope could pass this summer, sources following the machinations of drug pricing legislation say.

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