Pharmaceutical Costs

Trending Now: State Legislation that Bans Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ “Gag Clauses”

A growing number of state legislatures across the country are introducing bills to outlaw a “gag clause” that prevents pharmacists from telling consumers when there are cheaper prescription drug alternatives available. Some of the bills also require fuller disclosure about the business relationships between pharmacy benefit managers, health plans, and pharmacies in order to address […]

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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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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Maryland Lawmakers Submit Drug Cost Review Bill Based on NASHP’s Model Legislation

    Maryland Lawmakers Submit Drug Cost Review Bill Based on NASHP’s Model Legislation

    ANNAPOLIS — State lawmakers are scheduled to introduce a bill today that empowers Maryland to regulate prescription drug costs by evaluating the affordability of certain drugs and imposing limits on what the state and commercial health plans will pay them. Based on model legislation created by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), the […]

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    State Legislative Action to Lower Pharmaceutical Costs

    State Legislative Action to Lower Pharmaceutical Costs

    *Updated Sept. 5, 2018* Find the status of state legislation to curb prescription drugs below. Use the category button to search by type of legislation or click on a state to view its drug bills. Click here to view a chart listing legislation by state. View state action in 2017 and 2015-2016. Know about a bill to add or have information to […]

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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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  • Academy of Sciences Recommends Federal Strategies to Lower Rx Prices, But Some States Are Already Taking Action

    The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report recommending several strategies to curb prescription drug costs that attempt to strike a balance between reining in prices while fostering continued drug development and innovation. Several of the academy’s recommendations are already getting trial runs in states, which are experimenting with innovative cost-savings approaches in order […]

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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, and can it be done? Three, easy-to-read infographics explain what state leaders need to know if they’re considering drug importation legislation. First, 40 percent of all drugs sold in the United States are already imported and 80 percent of […]

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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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  • State Health Policy Blog
    How States Can Avoid Dormant Commerce Clause Legal Challenges When Regulating Drug Costs

    How States Can Avoid Dormant Commerce Clause Legal Challenges When Regulating Drug Costs

    New state laws designed to control the costs of brand-name and generic prescription drugs often face legal challenges from the pharmaceutical industry. These lawsuits can vary depending on the individual state law, but recent industry lawsuits analyzed by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) share a common legal thread – drug manufacturers and […]

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