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...]

Recent news of importance to pharmacists

West Virginia pharmacists should stay informed of a 20-state lawsuit striking down Obamacare.  A hearing this week calls for federal enforcement of Obamacare to be halted while the lawsuit makes its way through the courts.  This can result in citizens in these 20 states -- including West Virginia [Read more...]