If you are following opioid litigation across the nation, you probably wouldn’t be surprised by another billion dollar settlement. But this latest case against Endo Health Solutions Inc. (Endo) is different. It is a criminal fine (not a settlement) with criminal forfeiture. The degree of culpability and burden of proof is very different from the

Earlier this year, California Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 966 that would require PBMs doing business in California to be licensed and regulated. The objective is to curb PBMs anticompetitive practices  contributing to rising drug costs. The press release calls the effort “the most comprehensive regulation of PBMs yet attempted by any state.”

By Bhavesh Desai, PharmD, J.D.

DIR fees have been a focus of debate since their implementation and for the past decade, they have been increasingly scrutinized in congress as well as at the state level. The companies (Pharmacy Benefit Manager – PBMs) responsible for reporting true and accurate drug prices to the CMS have used

Due to the new Medicare Part D requirements effective the next year, direct and indirect remunerations (DIR) fees – that are so favored by PBMs – must be included and deducted from reimbursements at point-of-sale. In other words, starting with 2024 (still unclear when exactly), there will be no more retroactive DIR fees. Currently PBMs

Under various state laws and DEA regulations, every pharmacist must resolve “red flags” before dispensing a prescription for controlled substances. Most of the pharmacy state boards have published lists of what constitutes such red flags. For example, the California State Board of Pharmacy has published the following list of red flags (other states use the

Back in 2021, the Secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services authorized licensed pharmacists to independently order and administer any COVID-19 therapeutic, subject to certain conditions ( under the Ninth Amendment to Declaration Under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for Medical Countermeasures Against COVID-19).

Recently – on July 6, 2022

Back in 2017, the California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) approved a new methodology  – National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (NADAC) –  for reimbursing pharmacies for their drug cost. NADAC prices significantly reduced pharmacy reimbursements. See a related blog post.

For technical and financial reasons, the DHCS has not implemented the new reimbursement methodology until

Earlier this year, a client reported a very smooth scam. Someone called the pharmacy and represented to be a California Board of Pharmacy inspector who was investigating an anonymous complaint against the pharmacy. The so-called “inspector” asked the pharmacy to provide its account number with Cardinal, which the pharmacy staff did. The scammer then contacted

Starting February 9, 2022, California pharmacies must submit controlled substance dispensing to CURES through Bamboo Health. The last date to submit data through Atlantic Associates is February 8, 2022. Pharmacies must complete the registration process with Bamboo Health as soon as possible to ensure they are prepared for the switch. Register with Bamboo here.