Drug Distribution & Wholesalers

It is not uncommon for pharmacies to apply manufacturer’s coupons to assist patients with high deductibles. But when applied incorrectly, the pharmacy may face recoupments, audits/investigations, and large settlements as recent cases illustrate.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has recently reached a $3.5 million settlement with specialty pharmacy Advanced Care Scripts, Inc. (ACS), to resolve allegations

Since the inception of the 340b program, drug manufacturers have been attempting to curtail it to avoid offering discounts or to prevent double discounts (which occurs when a 340b drug is billed to a Medicaid program). This year, however, there were multiple coordinated attempts by manufacturers to exit the program. For example:

  • AstraZeneca will stop

This month, President Trump signed an executive order mandating that certain drugs and medical supplies purchased by federal agencies are U.S.-manufactured. The objective of the order is to reduce our dependence on foreign manufacturers for “Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs” to ensure sufficient and reliable long-term domestic production of these products. The order

Do you purchase test strips from suppliers authorized by manufacturers to distribute these products? If not, you may face significant chargebacks and contractual termination when PBMs audit your pharmacy’s test strips invoices.

Virtually all PBM  require test strips to be purchased from the suppliers expressly authorized by manufacturers to distribute their products. Most PBM manuals

As prescription drug spending continues to increase, governments continue to scrutinize arrangements between pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, assistance programs, and patients. For example, recently, two non-profit foundations – Chronic Disease Fund, Inc. (“CDF”) and Patient Access Network Foundation (“PANF”) – have agreed to pay $2 million and $4 million, respectively, to resolve allegations that they

A recent report released by California health officials revealed that drug prices are still on the rise – even despite California’s drug-price transparency laws aimed at curbing drug cost.

In 2017, California passed a drug-price transparency law that requires manufacturers to notify its customers at least 60 days in advance if they plan to increase

 In 2015, the owner and pharmacist-in-charge of Lane Pharmacy passed away. The Pharmacy, however, carried on as nothing had happened. Allegedly, the Pharmacy continued to operate without a pharmacist. This “unusual” Pharmacy operated until 2017, when the California Board of Pharmacy received a complaint that non-licensed individuals were dispensing medications. The Board investigation revealed that

The importance of choosing the right wholesaler cannot be underestimated. With so much emphasis on compliance, a pharmacy cannot succeed if it partners with a wholesaler that does not understand pharmacy business and the requirements placed on pharmacies by PBMs, Boards, and federal agencies. Pharmacy’s profitability largely depends on its wholesalers. Therefore, an effective and

A physician and his wife were recently sentenced to pay fines of $7,500 and $3,000, respectively, for receiving in interstate commerce and delivering misbranded drugs, a misdemeanor. Read the Department of Justice’s summary of the case here.

The physician specialized in the treatment of cancer patients. His wife was managing the practice and was responsible