Three 340B Predictions for the New Year

It is always risky to make predictions, particularly about federal policy, the courthouse, and politics. Nonetheless, in the spirit of the New Year, here are three predictions in the 340B drug pricing area for 2022: … [Read more...]

Implications of Recent Court Decisions on 340B Contract Pharmacy Program

In this month's column, I am going to touch upon the flurry of recent court decisions in the 340B contract pharmacy standoff and then dive into a key argument made by each of the pharmaceutical manufacturers in their suits against the government. … [Read more...]

Recent 340B Legislative Activity a Harbinger?

After a quiet period, the pharmaceutical industry and its congressional allies are renewing efforts to make long-sought changes to the 340B program. While the moves are unlikely to gain much traction in a Democratically controlled Congress and White … [Read more...]

Time for Congress to Break the 340B Contract Pharmacy Logjam

As of publication time, eight pharmaceutical manufacturers either have stopped offering or placed significant restrictions on 340B discounts when a provider contracts with a retail or community pharmacy to dispense medicines. After the Health … [Read more...]

Legislation that 340B Providers and the Drug Industry Can Both Embrace

Imagine if there was a way to resolve two of the most intractable challenges in the 340B program in one fell swoop: one that has a significant impact on the financial health of 340B providers, and another that affects the pharmaceutical industry’s … [Read more...]

Four Burning Questions in Contract Pharmacy Standoff

As we get closer to the one-year mark since a group of drug manufacturers stopped offering 340B discounts or placed restrictions on these discounts in the contract pharmacy setting, several unanswered questions remain. Here are four burning ones: … [Read more...]

Promising Signs for 340B Providers in Contract Pharmacy Standoff

After a long period of treading water, recent developments in federal court bode well for 340B providers trying to restore access to 340B pricing in the contract pharmacy setting. A close review of recent government court filings also provides a … [Read more...]

Why 340B Covered Entities Need Swift Action on Contract Pharmacies

These days, it seems like we need the help of a professional juggler to keep up with the developments in the various legal cases surrounding the 340B drug discount program. 340B providers were first up to bat, filing three … [Read more...]

A New Administration = A New Era of 340B Program Guidance

Since its inception in 1992, the 340B program has largely been governed by federal guidance, rather than regulations. Until the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in fact, ; every aspect of the 340B program was interpreted through guidance. … [Read more...]

Despite Good Progress, Don’t Expect Immediate Resolution to Contract Pharmacy Battle

After a close look at the recent legal actions related to the contract pharmacy battle, I have concluded that it is unlikely we will see an immediate resolution to the … [Read more...]