PUTT, PSSNY Asked to Provide Summary Recommendations to White House for Drug Pricing Reform
September 17, 2020
Dr. David Gortler, PharmD, FCCP, a 2nd generation independent pharmacist and the first pharmacist to be appointed to a senior advisory position with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and PUTT Executive Director Monique Whitney co-authored a Summary Proposal of Recommendations to lower drug prices which was submitted to the Trump Administration on Monday, Sept. 14th.
Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY), the Louisiana Independent Pharmacies Association (LIPA), and several other pharmacy organizations contributed to the document, which was submitted at the request of senior ranking trade advisors.
The 27-page plan contained a series of recommendations focused on strict PBM reform measures. Guidelines submitted included:
CA Independent Pharmacies Sue Major PBM Over Illegal Price Discrimination and Below Cost Reimbursements
September 15, 2020
The newest litigation against a major pharmacy benefit manager comes from a most likely source: their small business victims. Unwilling to tolerate the low reimbursements which threaten to drive them out of business, more than 30 California independent pharmacies have sued pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) OptumRx, a division of UnitedHealth Group, charging the company violated California laws by paying them less than their acquisition costs and illegally steering their patients to Optum’s own mail-order pharmacy.
The lawsuit alleges that OptumRx ignored California law, unlawfully paid California pharmacies substantially less than it paid large chain retail pharmacies - like CVS or Walgreens - and its own mail-order pharmacy for the same prescriptions. The lawsuit further alleges that OptumRx deliberately reimbursed these independent California pharmacies below their wholesale cost to acquire generic prescription drugs necessary for their patients.