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Twenty-Four States Passed 37 Bills to Curb Rising Rx Drug Costs in the Short 2018 Legislative Session

Despite a short legislative season, state lawmakers across the country introduced an unprecedented 160 bills to stem the rising cost of prescription drugs and have enacted 37 into law — with seven state legislatures still in session. Last year, state legislatures introduced 100 Rx cost control bills and passed 27. Register Now to Attend NASHP’s […]

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

    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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  • Publications

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

    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
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    *Updated June 22, 2018* Find the status of state legislation to curb prescription drugs below. Use the category button to search for a type of legislation or click on a state to view its drug bills. Click here to view a chart listing legislation by state. Click to view state legislative action in 2017 and 2015-2016. Know about a […]

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  • Publications

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

    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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  • State Health Policy Blog

    States are searching for new and innovative approaches to handle the rising cost of prescription medicines – both the sudden spike in spending that comes with a new high-cost treatment and the ongoing challenges of regular, inexplicable, price hikes for all covered drugs. The United States has the highest prescription drug prices in the world. […]

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  • States and the Rising Cost of Pharmaceuticals: A Call to Action
    Publications

    As part of the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference, held 17-19 in Pittsburgh, PA, NASHP released findings from our Pharmacy Costs Work Group aimed at addressing the increasingly rising costs of pharmaceuticals.  The solutions offered in the newly released findings serve as a toolbox for states. While they recognize the value of the pharmaceutical industry, state policymakers […]

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