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U.S. reps, senators urge administration to fix DIR fees

U.S. reps, senators urge administration to fix DIR fees

WASHINGTON — Nearly a quarter of the House of Representatives – 105 members – has sent a letter to President Donald Trump noting the “missed opportunity” to reduce seniors’ out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs. This missed opportunity occurred when pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reform was excluded from a recent Medicare rule. The legislators,

Trump takes a shot at lowering Rx prices

Trump takes a shot at lowering Rx prices

President Trump has unveiled the administration’s much anticipated plan to reduce pharmaceutical prices. Speaking in the White House Rose Garden last month, the president touted what he characterized as “the most sweeping action in history to lower the prices of prescription drugs for the American people.” Long on rhetoric and short on specifics, the initiative

Retailers praise Trump for taking on drug prices

Retailers praise Trump for taking on drug prices

WASHINGTON —  CVS Health and Walgreens have commended President  Trump for vowing in a speech today to fight high drug prices. Issuing a sweeping plan to bring down prices,  Trump again castigated drug manufacturers, while spreading blame to PBMs, wholesalers, foreign governments and his predecessors in Washington. “Everyone involved in the broken system — the drugmakers, insurance

NACDS members have a lot to offer in opioid fight

NACDS members have a lot to offer in opioid fight

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores took part in this month’s White House Opioid Summit as it continues to give retail pharmacy’s take on how to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. Kevin Nicholson, vice president of public policy and regulatory affairs at NACDS, represented the association at the March 1 event,

Trump makes cutting high drug prices a priority

Trump makes cutting high drug prices a priority

WASHINGTON — In his first State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump renewed his pledge to reduce prescription drug prices, days after a former big pharma executive was sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Trump had stunned the pharmaceutical industry during his 2016 campaign by declaring that drug manufacturers were “getting

Former Lilly exec Alex Azar tabbed to head HHS

Former Lilly exec Alex Azar tabbed to head HHS

WASHINGTON — Biopharmaceutical industry executive Alex Azar has been nominated as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fill the post vacated by Tom Price. Azar is currently founder and chairman of Seraphim Strategies LLC, an Indianapolis-based consultancy focused on the biopharma and health insurance industries, including biopharmaceutical sales, marketing, pricing,

President’s opioid crisis commission issues report

President’s opioid crisis commission issues report

WASHINGTON — The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has issued its final report, which includes 56 recommendations to the Trump administration to help fight opioid abuse. President Donald Trump formed the presidential commission, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R.), in a March 29 executive order as a way

Trump declares opioid abuse a public health emergency

Trump declares opioid abuse a public health emergency

WASHINGTON — Following through on pledge made this summer, President Donald Trump has formally declared the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic as a public health emergency. In a press conference at the White House on Thursday, the president and First Lady Melania Trump announced the action, which has drawn plaudits from public officials and pharmacy

NACDS tackles opioid crisis in letter to Trump

NACDS tackles opioid crisis in letter to Trump

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has made four policy proposals to help fight opioid abuse in a letter to President Donald Trump. NACDS said Tuesday that the proposals made in the letter to President Trump build on current collaborative efforts to address the opioid abuse epidemic while preserving quality patient

McKesson CEO agrees opioid crisis is national emergency

McKesson CEO agrees opioid crisis is national emergency

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson Corp. chairman and chief executive officer John Hammergren has endorsed President Donald Trump’s plan to designate the opioid abuse crisis as a national emergency. Trump this week is expected to formally declare the growing misuse and abuse of narcotic painkillers as a national emergency after saying this summer that he planned

Trump executive order takes aim at ACA

Trump executive order takes aim at ACA

WASHINGTON — After numerous failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to relax standards on small businesses that band together to buy health insurance and may take steps to allow the sale of other health plans that skirt the health law’s requirements. The Trump executive order

Trump: Effort to repeal ACA is still alive

Trump: Effort to repeal ACA is still alive

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Obamacare would be repealed and replaced early next year, following the failure of the Senate’s latest effort to overturn the law. After the Senate pulled back from a vote on legislation that would have moved control of health insurance to the states, Trump said Republicans “have the votes” to

Affordable Care Act still plagued by uncertainty

Affordable Care Act still plagued by uncertainty

WASHINGTON — The failed effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act has hardly erased doubts about the law’s short- and long-term viability. Already, the Trump administration has suspended contracts with two companies that have helped thousands of people in nearly a score of cities get health insurance under the statute. In ending the $22 million

Walmart CEO scolds Trump over Charlottesville

Walmart CEO scolds Trump over Charlottesville

Add Walmart’s Doug McMillon to the list of chief executives concerned about President Donald Trump’s response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. In a statement posted Tuesday on a Walmart website, McMillon wrote, “The role we play in communities around the country to build a more diverse and inclusive society is more critical than