Crack down on fentanyl; lower price drugs; attacks on the pharmaceutical industry; “backroom deal” with Congress; “gag clauses”; and alert patients to new Medicare card

Some substance abuse treatment advocates and experts charge that lawmakers must add long-term funding to fully tackle the opioid epidemic.  The Opioid Response Act, passed by the U. S. Senate September 24, includes a slew of proposals to combat the crisis but only minimal funding.   The Senate and [Read more...]

PBMs underpaid pharmacies; exemption from vaccines proposed; opioid dispensing declines; nonaddictive pain med sought; and Cigna and Express Scripts to merge

WV legislators decided September 18 to draft a bill to make it easier for families to get medical exemptions from vaccines for their children.  Currently, parents who do not want their children to be vaccinated must fill out a form to request a medical exemption.  A state immunization officer will [Read more...]

Lawmakers advance bill ending “gag clauses”

The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce health subcommittee advanced a bill to ban the use of "gag clauses" in health insurance contracts that prevent consumers from paying lower prices for prescription drugs. The subcommittee unanimously advanced the reform as part of a series of [Read more...]