We recently wrote about the newly enacted Nevada drug price transparency law here. The law requires manufacturers of prescription diabetes drugs to disclose certain drug cost information to the state Department of Health and Human Services (“Department”). In addition, the law imposes several unique reporting requirements on non-profit patient advocacy groups and pharmaceutical sales representatives. We expected that these reporting requirements would garner some attention and,… More
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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
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
Massachusetts Senator Introduces Drug Transparency Bill Vesting CHIA and Attorney General with Oversight Authority
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
The end of the legislative session in Olympia on April 23 did not see the enactment of what had once been among the fastest-moving pieces of drug pricing transparency legislation in the country. After passing the House of Representatives in a close 52-46 vote, HB 1541 was unable to escape from the Senate Committee on Health Care.
HB 1541 would have required manufacturers of prescription drugs that increase in price by 1) the lesser of 10% or $10,000 over a 12-month period;… More
In a lopsided 137 to 2 vote on April 10, 2017, the Maryland House of Delegates passed HB 631, which outlaws “price gouging” by manufacturers and wholesale distributors of certain “essential off-patent or generic drugs.” Price gouging is defined as “an unconscionable increase in the price of a prescription drug.”
The legislation applies to drugs for which exclusive marketing rights have expired,… More