US Medicare ‘Wastage Rebate’ Coming Soon
Manufacturers who sell single-use vials for products covered by Part B have about 16 months to consider pricing or packaging changes that may minimize exposure to a new refund for ‘wasted’ drug.
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Senate negotiators opt to delay but not withdraw the pharma-backed rebate rule and target a relatively small reform aimed at allowing Medicare Part B to recoup the cost of leftover physician-administered drugs
Policymakers should instead focus on increasing efficiencies in drug development, distribution and reimbursement, National Academies report says, while also seeking broad policies like HHS direct negotiation for drug prices in Medicare.
Medicare Part B spending on discarded, weight-based drugs sold in single-use vials is around $725m annually. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine is evaluating strategies to reduce the waste.