PhRMA’s Suit Against California Law Demanding Transparency For Price Increases Dismissed By Judge
The organization's lawsuit claims the legislation is illegally trying to dictate national health policy. Meanwhile, a bill addressing pharmacy benefit managers' role in drug prices heads to the governor.
The Associated Press:
Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against California Drug Price Law
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block a California law requiring pharmaceutical companies to give advance notice before big price increases. U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr., ruled Thursday in Sacramento that the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America failed to show that the court has jurisdiction to hear the case. He gave PhRMA 30 days to refile. (8/30)
Capital Public Radio:
Health Plans, Pharmacy Middlemen Push Back Against California Drug Pricing Bill
A bill that aims to regulate drug price negotiations between pharmacies and middlemen working on behalf of health plans in California is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown after a contentious battle and some late-session drama. Asm. Jim Wood’s AB 315 would more heavily regulate pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs. These private companies strike deals for cheaper drugs on behalf of health plans. (Caiola, 8/30)