Federal court strikes down anti-PBM law in Iowa | PCMA press release | CVS to carry EpiPen competitor
January 12, 2017
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Federal court strikes down anti-PBM law in Iowa
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit agreed with the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act overturns an Iowa law that severely limited pharmacy benefit managers' use of Maximum Allowable Costs (MAC) lists to reduce costs for employers and consumers. The ruling is a "shot across the bow" for other states that might be considering adopting similar laws and "sends an important signal that states can't impose a patchwork of costly mandates on employers and unions that offer pharmacy benefits," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/12) 
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CVS to carry EpiPen competitor
CVS Health will offer Impax Impax Laboratories' Adrenaclick epinephrine injection for $109.99 per two-pack before potential discounts, compared with an initial list price of $300 for Mylan's generic version of its own EpiPen.
USA Today (1/12) 
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Senate vote puts ACA repeal efforts in motion
The Senate set the stage for unraveling the Affordable Care Act in a 51-48 vote that orders key panels to develop legislation by Jan. 27 that would repeal the law. The House is expected to vote on the measure Friday.
Reuters (1/13),  NBC News (1/12) 
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AbbVie joins other drugmakers on price pledge
AbbVie CEO Richard Gonzalez said any price increases this year on his company's drugs will occur only once and will be below 10%.
Reuters (1/11) 
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