Abilene Recorder Chronicle posted an article titled, “340B card helps lower drug costs, helps others.” The article reads in part as follows;
“For the uninsured and the underinsured, the costs of medical treatment don’t stop with a doctor’s visit and the diagnosis. The next stop, if the funds are available, is the pharmacy, where the cost of treatment can be prohibitive.
Heartland Health Care Clinic has a program to help bring the prescriptions closer to an affordable range for many people. At the same time, people who do have prescription coverage can benefit others in the community simply by having the card.
National Law Review posted an article titled, “What a Trump Administration Could Mean for the 340B Drug Program.” The article reads in part as follows;
“A Republican White House and a Republican-run Congress could bring significant changes to the 340B Drug Pricing Program (“the 340B program”). Many in Washington believe that the new administration and Republicans in Congress will favor the concerns of drug manufacturers over the concerns of providers or health plans. If the price of drugs becomes an issue for the new Congress, it is very likely that drug manufactures will ask Congress to “scale back” or potentially even eliminate the 340B program as the “quid pro quo” for imposing even the most modest forms of drug price regulation.
Bloomberg posted an article titled, “Drugmakers Want Tough Scrutiny of 340B Discount Program.” The article reads in part as follows;
“A federal drug discount program for safety-net providers is experiencing rapid growth and deserves tough scrutiny, a group linked to drugmakers said Dec. 6.
The group, AIR 340B, said in a report the federal 340B drug pricing program is expected to reach $23 billion in total drug sales by 2021, up from the estimated program sales for 2016 of $16.1 billion. AIR 340B said the program’s growth has gone unchecked for too long and policymakers should re-examine it to ensure the program is serving its original intent to improve access to drugs for uninsured or vulnerable patients.
VTDigger.org published an article titled, “Welch Continues Push to Rein in Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices.” The article reads in part as follows;
“Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) that would address a loophole in the Medicare 340B Drug Pricing Program that is contributing to the rising cost of health care for consumers and threatening access to lifesaving medications. The introduction of this legislation is the latest in Welch’s efforts to fix the broken prescription drug market that has led to unrestrained price increases for consumers and providers.
The shortcomings in the 340(b) program have been studied for years. One reason for the lack of action is that the implications of these shortcomings have not been presented in a manner that demonstrates they affect the consumer. In essence it appears that certain commercial sectors, pharmacies and hospitals, are benefiting at the cost of the pharmaceutical industry.
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