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Comparison of State Pharmacy Benefit Managers Laws

In 2018, 21 states passed 32 bills to shed light on the opaque business practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). States took varied approaches to curb prescription drug costs by regulating PBMs. The chart below details the PBM practices each state tackled, and how their approaches compare with NASHP’s PBM model legislation.   Footnotes 1. Bills […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Twenty-Eight States Passed 45 Bills to Curb Rising Rx Drug Costs in the Short 2018 Legislative Session

    Twenty-Eight States Passed 45 Bills to Curb Rising Rx Drug Costs in the Short 2018 Legislative Session

    *Updated Oct. 15, 2018 Despite a short legislative season, state lawmakers across the country introduced an unprecedented 174 bills to stem the rising cost of prescription drugs and have enacted 45 into law — with seven state legislatures still in session. Last year, state legislatures introduced 100 Rx cost control bills and passed 27. Register […]

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  • A Glossary of All Terms Pharma

    A Glossary of All Terms Pharma

    If you’re working to control the cost of prescription drugs, you need to know the lingo used by the pharmaceutical industry. Below is a glossary of terms commonly used by players in the drug research, regulation, manufacturing, distribution, and purchasing worlds. Drug Product Terms Brand product: Branded products are not generic drugs or products. A brand can be […]

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  • Vermont First in the Nation to Approve Rx Drug Importation from Canada

    Vermont First in the Nation to Approve Rx Drug Importation from Canada

    Vermont is the first state  in the nation to approve importation of less-costly prescription drugs from Canada. For the first time in the United States, obtaining low-cost prescription drugs from Canada is one step closer to reality today following the Vermont state legislature’s landmark enactment of S.175. Vermont Gov. Philip Scott signed the bill into law on […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Four More States Submit Bills to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada

    Four More States Submit Bills to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada

    As states pursue a wide range of legislation to address rising drug costs, four more states have joined Utah and Vermont to introduce bills to import prescription drugs from Canada through a state-run, wholesale operation. This market-based approach to providing more affordable medicines from Canada, where prescription drugs cost on average 30 percent less than […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    State Legislatures Start Out Strong in 2018 with Bills to Curb Rx Drug Costs

    State Legislatures Start Out Strong in 2018 with Bills to Curb Rx Drug Costs

    With the federal government continuing to take no action to curb drug costs, states legislatures across the country are intensifying their efforts in 2018 to staunch the financial hemorrhage to health care budgets caused by escalating prescription drug costs. Three weeks into 2018, 43 bills designed to rein in prescription drug costs have been introduced […]

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  • Utah State Legislator Introduces Bill to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada, Based on NASHP Model Legislation

    Utah State Legislator Introduces Bill to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada, Based on NASHP Model Legislation

    Salt Lake City, Utah: Today, Republican state legislator Norman Thurston introduced groundbreaking legislation to create a safe, state-run prescription drug importation program that would import high-cost drugs from Canada, where prescription drugs cost 30 percent less than in the United States. The proposal for a whole-sale importation program of select, higher-cost drugs that are already […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Reining in Rx Drug Costs: What States Achieved in 2017 and Where They’re Heading in 2018

    Reining in Rx Drug Costs: What States Achieved in 2017 and Where They’re Heading in 2018

    In a year of tense partisan debate over the future of health care, one issue has achieved rare bipartisan agreement — the need to curb rising prescription drug costs. Polls show again and again that Americans, regardless of political affiliation, view the high costs of drugs as one of their chief health care concerns. Reviews […]

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  • Is It Safe and Cost-Effective to Import Drugs from Canada?

    Is It Safe and Cost-Effective to Import Drugs from Canada?

    States are considering importing prescription drugs from Canada, but is it safe? Will it save money? Can it be done? Three, easy-to-read infographics explain what state leaders need to know if they’re interested in drug importation legislation. 1. Is it safe to import drugs from Canada? Yes, 40 percent of all drugs sold in the […]

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  • Publications

    The Dormant Commerce Clause: What Impact Does It Have on the Regulation of Pharmaceutical Costs?

    When states pass laws designed to control prescription drug costs, the pharmaceutical industry often responds with lawsuits claiming states are hindering interstate commerce and violating the federal Dormant Commerce Clause (DCC). NASHP’s legal experts believe states can craft drug cost policies that can withstand industry challenges. This brief by Anna Zaret and Darien Shankse provides insight and […]

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