Drug Pricing

Legal Challenges of Rx Drug Laws Passed in 2017 Will Shape States’ Future Cost Containment Legislation

As the number of state bills to rein in prescription drug prices grows beyond 150 nationwide in 2018, the first generation of several state laws passed last year are now before the courts. The pharmaceutical industry has consistently challenged drug cost transparency and price gouging legislation passed in 2017 in federal courts. How well these […]

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  • An Oregon State Lawmaker Crafts a Winning Strategy for Transparency Legislation

    An Oregon State Lawmaker Crafts a Winning Strategy for Transparency Legislation

    Last week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a drug cost transparency bill into law that requires drug makers to report the reasons behind dramatic drug price increases. The bill’s leading advocate and architect, state Rep. Robert Nosse, D-Portland, worked for nearly three years to create a prescription cost containment bill that would win bipartisan support […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Can States Regulate Drug Costs without Violating Patent Law? Yes, Here’s Why

    Can States Regulate Drug Costs without Violating Patent Law? Yes, Here’s Why

    When states pass laws that enable them to regulate prescription drug costs or mandate drug pricing transparency, the pharmaceutical industry always fires back with lawsuits claiming the states are violating federal law. In 2017, the industry sued every state that enacted drug cost containment legislation claiming they had violated myriad federal laws, including the Patent […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    How the Federal Government Can Help States Address Rising Prescription Drug Costs

    How the Federal Government Can Help States Address Rising Prescription Drug Costs

    State Medicaid programs, which face rapidly rising drug costs, have few bargaining chips to use when negotiating lower drug costs, due in part to decades-old federal rules that limit their bargaining power. NASHP, with support of The Commonwealth Fund, recently sat down with state and federal policymakers to identify policy and rule changes that could […]

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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 Legislative Action to Lower Pharmaceutical Costs

    State Legislative Action to Lower Pharmaceutical Costs

    *Updated Oct. 4, 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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  • 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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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Utah’s Norman Thurston Takes a Red State Approach to Lower Rx Costs with a Bill to Import Drugs from Canada

    Utah’s Norman Thurston Takes a Red State Approach to Lower Rx Costs with a Bill to Import Drugs from Canada

    For more than a decade, Utah State Legislator and Director of the Office of Health Care Statistics Norman Thurston has worked to reform his state’s health care system, including its Medicaid program, and is considered one of the state’s “go-to” health care policymakers. Thurston, a Republican, has worked to reduce state spending on prescription drugs and […]

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  • An Interview with Drug Cost Control Advocate Richard Gottfried

    At NASHP’s 30th State Health Policy Conference, state leaders from legislative and executive branches across the nation gathered to talk about what they are doing to manage escalating prescription drug costs in their states. Several states have recently passed or proposed legislation to force more transparency in drug pricing or to try to regulate drug […]

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