New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this week signed legislation allowing pharmacists to subsistute FDA-approved biosimilar products for biologics, and Generic Pharmaceutical Association voiced its support for the move.
The Regulartory Affairs Professionals Society is reporting that as part of the recently passed budget deal that the president signed Monday, generics companies whose prices rise beyond the Average Manufacturer Price that’s adjusted for inflation will have to pay higher rebates. “The amount of the rebate specified in this paragraph for a rebate period, with respect to each dosage form and strength of a covered outpatient drug other than a single source drug or an innovator multiple source drug of a manufacturer, shall be increased in the manner that the rebate for a dosage form and strength of a single source drug or an innovator multiple source drug is increased,” the act says. (RAPS)
"Competition is essential in every part of our economy, and especially so in a market as complex and important as health care," Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said about Walgreens’ planned acquisition of Rite Aid.
The purpose of the group is to connect grassroots pharmacy advocates from across the country, and grow its ranks to be poised for action when critical issues arise in Congress, the White House or in the states.
Some 77% of those polled by the Kaiser Family Foundation in October said that ensuring the affordability of high-cost drugs for patients with chronic conditions should be the government’s top health care priority.
Acting Deputy Director of the Dietary Supplement Programs at the Food and Drug Administration Cara Welch wrote in a signed affidavit on Sept. 28 that picamilon “does not fit any of the dietary ingredient categories” under the law.
In light of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on MTM programs, Rite Aid’s field clinical services director testified and both the NACDS and NCPA submitted statements calling for expanded MTM programs.
“This crisis is taking lives — it’s destroying families and shattering communities all across the country,” President Obama said in remarks at a community forum meant to kick off his administration’s new push to curb opioid abuse.