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A coalition including medical associations, patient advocacy groups, and drug companies on Monday sent a letter to Congress asking that it intervene on a CMS plan to use an index based on drug prices in other countries to determine reimbursement for Medicare Part B therapies.
Faced with increasing costs in 2017, and already spending $650 million a year on prescription drugs, officials in West Virginia decided they could do better without the plans and their hand-picked PBMs. West Virginia's Medicaid system uses the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy to recommend drugs for patients.
First step in managing resistant hypertension is to implement lifestyle interventions
Progress in reducing exposure to secondhand smoke among U.S. nonsmokers has stalled in recent years, despite longstanding declines over the past 30 years.
CVS Health on Wednesday said that as of January 1, it will offer a new prescription benefit option guaranteeing its health plan clients 100% of any rebates, discounts, or other fees paid by drug makers. The new plan model is aimed at providing greater drug cost simplicity, predictability, and transparency, according to company officials.
A bill introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) attempts to crack down on any efforts by drug companies to overcharge taxpayers for Medicaid rebates. The bill would give HHS new authority to reclassify a drug and recoup rebates when a manufacturer deliberately misclassifies a drug in order to pay lower rebates.
Results highlight urgent need to address affordability
Under CMS proposed rule, price concessions would be reflected at point of sale
Federal health officials reported Monday that the number of cases under investigation for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) appears to have peaked for 2018 and will continue to decline for the rest of the year. According to CDC, 134 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 33 states out of 299 reported cases this year.