Goodbye ‘340B,’ Hello ‘Outpatient Drug Discount Program’ In House Reform Bill
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
House Commerce Committee members are drafting legislation to make numerous significant changes to the 340B drug discount program, including the definition of eligible patients, new reporting and auditing requirements for providers and drug manufacturers, rules for contract pharmacies – and a new user-fee program for participating health care providers.
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Long-awaited “mega-guidance” sets boundaries on discount and makes big changes for HIV drugs – and could mean the beginning of the end of the scrutiny of the program. A legislative proposal floated in the context of the “21st Century Cures” bill might move things in a different direction.
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