Pharmaceutical Costs

This National Academy for State Health Policy white paper, States’ Rights: A Patent Law Analysis of NASHP Rate-Setting Model Act by experts at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, explores why state drug rate-setting legislation and other cost containment approaches do not violate federal patent law and can withstand legal challenges. This […]

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

    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 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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    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 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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  • 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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    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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