ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Hundreds of organizations representing community pharmacies, grocery store pharmacies, specialty pharmacies, chain pharmacies, patient groups, buying groups, health systems, wholesalers, and business groups are making an all-out push for legislation that would stop the abuse of pharmacy price concessions charged by third-party middlemen, which have increased 91,500% in recent years. The Pharmacy DIR Reform to Reduce Senior Drug Costs Act (S. 1909 / H.R. 3554) was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R, W.Va.), and in the House by Reps. Peter Welch (D, Vt.) and Morgan Griffith (R, Va.).
Representatives from several groups representing the larger coalition will hold an event tomorrow at Grubb’s Pharmacy in Washington, D.C., to talk about the bill. They also plan to deliver the stakeholder letter of support to bill sponsors later in the afternoon.
At the event tomorrow will be officers from some of the largest pharmacy organizations in the country, including:
- FMI – The Food Industry Association
- The National Community Pharmacists Association
- The American Pharmacists Association
- The National Grocers Association
- The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy
- The National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Details for the event are below:
DATE: Thursday, June 17
TIME: 10:30 a.m. ET
LOCATION: Grubb’s Pharmacy, 326 East Capitol St. NE, Washington, D.C.