Skip to main content
Keeping you afloat amidst the rising sea of regulations

340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price Final Rule Released

The 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties final rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2017. A link to the advance copy of the final rule can be accessed here.

The Drug Pricing Conundrum Explained

Counsel Lanhee Chen recently authored “The Drug Pricing Conundrum Explained” for RealClear Health. The article describes the recent significant discussions on drug pricing and the reality that employers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and health plans are working to ensure a competitive marketplace and hold down costs for consumers. Lanhee states that the US continues to be a center for pharmaceutical innovation and a leading source of new cures that improve human quality of life and longevity.

FDA issued a final version of Guidance for Industry, Contract Manufacturing Arrangements for Drugs: Quality Agreements

Last week, FDA issued a final version of Guidance for Industry, Contract Manufacturing Arrangements for Drugs: Quality Agreements, which is available here. In this document, FDA sets forth the Agency’s expectations for parties involved in contract drug manufacturing, specifically that they delineate—in written quality agreements—each party’s roles and responsibilities to ensure compliance with FDA’s current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements.

FDA Announcement on Guidance for Industry, Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012

On November 17, FDA announced that it had revised, and finalized in part, Guidance for Industry, Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012: Questions and Answers Related to User Fee Assessments, available here. 

CMS Published the Covered Outpatient Drug Final Rule

On Monday, CMS issued a notice that, in effect, gives drug manufacturers a three-year reprieve to updating their systems to include sales in US territories in the AMP and Best Price. The government’s release about the changes that were published to Medicaid.gov can be found here.

What the 2016 Election Means for Health Care

We expect substantial activity on issues related to health care, both in terms of individual medical insurance, entitlement programs such as Medicaid, drug pricing, stimulation of medical innovation, and possibly marijuana reforms.  It is not easy to predict with much certainty what Donald Trump's health care policy would look like now that he has been elected, but his statements and issue papers released by his campaign offer some insight as to his main priorities.   Read the full analysis

CMS Issues Proposed Notice Announcing Changes to NDRA

Today, CMS issued a notice announcing changes that would be made to the Medicaid National Drug Rebate Agreement (NDRA). The government’s release about the changes that were published to Medicaid.gov can be found here:

Drug Manufacturers Participating in 340B Program Must Execute New Pricing Agreement Addendum

Recently, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new addendum to amend the existing Pharmaceutical Pricing Agreements (PPA) that drug manufacturers participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) must have in place with the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Mylan Agrees to $465 Million Settlement with DOJ Over EpiPen Medicaid Drug Rebate Reporting Classification

Mylan recently announced a $465 million settlement with the US Department of Justice and other government agencies regarding the company’s covered outpatient drug (COD) classification of its EpiPen (and EpiPen, Jr.),  an epinephrine auto-injector, under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program (MDRP).  

Is the Discount Safe Harbor No Longer “Safe?”

In a ruling that could, if adopted by other courts, expose all pharmaceutical discount and rebate arrangements to anti-kickback liability, on August 23, 2016, Judge Rya Zobel in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied Omnicare, Inc.’s motion for summary judgment in United States ex rel. Banigan v. Organon USA, Inc., et al.