News & Commentary

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...]

340B Advocates Face an Important Decision at a Critical Juncture

“To be or not to be?” is probably the most famous question posed in English literature. For 340B stakeholders, the most pressing question for the coming year is “to amend or not amend 340B?” Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted a decade … [Read more...]

A 340B Advocacy Group Punching Above Its Weight

I have had the privilege of being on the frontlines protecting the 340B program since 1996, just a few years after the program was enacted into law.  We have had our share of challenges over the years, including a close call in the mid-1990s when the … [Read more...]

How a U.S. Supreme Court decision underscores the need for government action on 340B crisis

Two months ago, I wrote about the importance of the November elections for the 340B program’s future. Perhaps sensing a less-friendly political environment in 2021, the drug industry has fired the first missiles in what could be a long battle. While … [Read more...]

Recent Actions Underscore the Need for a Renewed Focus on Protecting 340B

It is hard to believe that the 340B provider community was celebrating two important victories just a few months ago. In June, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that it was eliminating a long-standing barrier that kept … [Read more...]

Threats to the 340B Program and How to Successfully Tackle Them

The 340B program is facing its biggest challenges since the early days of the program when drug company lobbyists almost convinced Congress to make the program voluntary for pharmaceutical manufacturers. “We are facing the greatest threats to the … [Read more...]

Why the November Elections Really Matter for Drug Pricing and the 340B Program

June 29, 2020, was just another Monday for most people in the United States. But for Washington, D.C. health care policy observers, it will be remembered as the day that all hope died for comprehensive drug pricing legislation this year. While the … [Read more...]

340B Contract Pharmacy: A Great Opportunity That Requires Vigilance

As health centers continue to grapple with unprecedented financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have explored ways to further tap into the 340B drug pricing program. While 340B savings have become even more essential during this economic … [Read more...]