Category: Pharmacy

OIG issues Advisory Opinion on a Retail Pharmacy’s Paid Membership Program Which Includes Federal Health Care Program Beneficiaries

Nicole Burgmeier

On September 7, 2017, the OIG posted an advisory opinion regarding a retail pharmacy chain’s proposal to extend to federal health care program beneficiaries the option to participate in a paid membership program that includes discounts on certain prescriptions and clinical services offered by the retail chains’ pharmacies and in-store clinics.  Presently, the pharmacy chain’s...

State Scrutiny of Payments to Providers Growing in Response to Opioid Crisis

Grace Fleming

Several states have proposed and enacted new laws to address the opioid crisis, including laws that focus on reducing financial incentives that drug manufacturers can give to providers. Most recently, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proposed a new regulation that would cap how much NJ prescribers can earn from drug companies at $10,000 per year. ...

Creation of Health Care Fraud Unit in Chicago and Recent “Takedown” Shows Continued Emphasis on Health Care Fraud Enforcement

Laura B. Morgan

On July 18, 2017, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced that it was creating a new unit located in Chicago within the office’s Criminal Division dedicated to prosecuting criminal health care fraud (the Health Care Fraud Unit). The office explained that it expected the unit, which will include five...

Opioid Epidemic Declared a National Emergency; Proposed Law Calls for Mandatory E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances to Curb Drug Abuse

Nicole Burgmeier

  Today, in a move that is widely supported by those in both political parties and across the country, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency.  Doing so will allow for additional resources to be used toward fighting the opioid crisis, which could include expanding treatment facilities and supplying first responders with the...

New Medicare Proposals that Reduce Payment to Hospitals for 340B Drugs in 2018

Nicole Burgmeier

On July 13, 2017, CMS released several proposed rules impacting health care, including the 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule [available here https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-14883.pdf] which, among other proposals, could have a significant impact on 340B covered entities.  The proposed rule states that CMS will change how Medicare pays hospitals that participate in the 340B...

New York Times Obtains Copy of Draft Executive Order on Drug Prices; FDA Blogs that it is Working to Lift Barriers to Generic Drug Competition

Nicole Burgmeier

New York Times Obtains Copy of Draft Executive Order on Drug Prices; FDA Blogs that it is Working to Lift Barriers to Generic Drug Competition On June 20, 2017, the New York Times reported that it had obtained a draft proposal of President Trump’s Executive Order on drug prices.[1] The draft Executive Order, which has...

Expected Executive Order to take on High Drug Prices; Senate Committee Hears Recommendations on Drug Supply Chain from Experts

Nicole Burgmeier

According to an article posted today on the BioCentury website, the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that will take on the high costs of pharmaceuticals by instructing “executive agencies to use value-based contracts for drug purchases, and to pursue trade policies that enhance the intellectual property rights of American pharmaceutical companies.” This is...

FDA Requests Painkiller Removed From the Market

Grace Fleming

The FDA has called on the drugmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals to stop selling the opioid Opana ER. The press release on June 8th reflecting this announcement marks a novel approach from the FDA, as the agency for the first time has asked a company to remove a painkiller from the market based on the public health...

OIG Announces Drug Pricing and Reimbursement Web Portfolio

Nicole Burgmeier

On February 17, 2017 the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) posted a Drug Pricing and Reimbursement Web portfolio on its website that, according to the OIG announcement, “pulls together the HHS OIG’s body of work since 2010 as well as other relevant items that relate to drug pricing and reimbursement in HHS programs.” The...