California’s drug price transparency legislation, SB 17, passed the State Assembly on September 11 by a vote of 66-9. The bill included several amendments to the version of the bill that passed the State Senate at the end of May. The State Senate then passed the amended legislation on September 13. Among the most important amendments were changes to “triggers” for price reporting, and for advance notice requirements relative to WAC increases.… More
Three pieces of Massachusetts pharmaceutical pricing legislation are set for a hearing before the legislature’s Joint Committee on Healthcare Financing at 11:00 AM on July 11. S. 652, sponsored by Sen. Mark Montigny, would impose strict reporting requirements on manufacturers of covered drugs, while empowering the state Health Policy Commission (HPC) to annually identify drugs with prices “excessively higher than justified,” and authorizing the Attorney General to bring consumer protection actions against manufacturers charging such prices. … More
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval recently signed into law a drug price transparency bill, SB 539. The law primarily concerns price transparency measures for prescription diabetes drugs, but also imposes reporting requirements on nonprofit patient advocacy groups and pharmaceutical sales representatives that we’ve yet to see enacted in any other state.
First, the law requires nonprofit patient advocacy groups to annually compile a report disclosing any payment,… More
On June 13, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced price transparency legislation that has similarities to the many state bills that have been introduced on the issue in recent years. S. 1348, entitled the Stopping the Pharmaceutical Industry from Keeping Drugs Expensive (SPIKE) Act of 2017, would impose price reporting requirements on drugs that, per dose 1) have a WAC of at least $10 and have experienced a 100% 12-month WAC increase;… More
Two drug price transparency measures were signed Wednesday by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards after passing both houses of the legislature unanimously. HB 436 passed the Senate on June 2 after having passed the House May 24. This bill would require manufacturers engaging in marketing of prescription drugs in Louisiana to report quarterly to the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy the current WAC prices for those drugs.
California’s latest effort at a drug price transparency bill, SB 17, moved one step closer to becoming law on Tuesday when it passed the State Senate 26-10. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Ed Hernandez, would require the manufacturers of prescription drugs experiencing large increases in WAC to give purchasers 90 days’ advance notice of the increase, and report detailed information to the state Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). … More
HB 631, Maryland’s first-in-the-nation “price gouging” bill, will become law without the signature of Governor Larry Hogan (R). In a letter to Maryland Speaker of the House Michael Busch (D), Hogan stated that he would not sign the legislation due to concerns that it could violate the “dormant” application of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. However, Hogan declined to veto the legislation,… More
On January 19, 2017, Senator Mark C. Montigny introduced S.652 – “An Act to promote transparency and cost control of pharmaceutical drug prices.” The bill currently sits in the Senate Committee on Health Care Financing, and covers the following categories of drugs: 1) the 10 costliest drugs to private payers in a given year; 2) the 10 drugs causing the highest annual increase in private payer spending;… More
One of the more aggressive pieces of price transparency legislation introduced this year is currently before the Appropriations Committee in the California State Senate. Under SB17, manufacturers of drugs that have experienced three-year increases in WAC greater than either 10% (for drugs with WAC over the Medicare Part D specialty drug threshold) or 25% (for drugs with WAC under the threshold) would be required to give 90 days’ advance notice of the increase to purchasers (including state purchasers,… More
Recent months have seen a continuing trend of commitments by pharmaceutical industry leaders to limit annual price increases and to report on pricing practices. On September 6, 2016, Allergan CEO Brent Saunders announced, in a blog post highlighting a “social contract” between drug manufacturers and patients, that Allergan would raise prices for its branded products no more than once per year, and by no more than 10%. … More