S. 1699 (112th): Prescription Drug Cost Reduction Act

Oct 12, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Herbert “Herb” Kohl
Senator from Wisconsin
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Oct 12, 2011
25 pages

This bill was introduced on October 12, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Oct 12, 2011
Referred to Committee Oct 12, 2011
Full Title

A bill to reduce the costs of prescription drugs under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.


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Library of Congress Summary

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Prescription Drug Cost Reduction Act - Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a program requiring a manufacturer to provide a rebate to the Secretary for drugs or biologicals furnished under Medicare part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance).
Requires the Secretary to negotiate a contract with a manufacturer to establish the amount of payment under Medicare part B for any drug or biological for which the Medicare part B program is the majority purchaser.
Requires that payment for both a drug or biological functionally equivalent to another drug or biological and that other drug or biological to be the same as for the least costly of them.
Directs the Secretary of HHS to study physician reimbursement for drugs and biologicals furnished under Medicare part B.
Imposes on a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) specified fiduciary duties to the head of each federal agency with which the PBM contracts.
Requires the Secretary to develop a form for use by physicians and practitioners to certify that any off-label use (not approved by the Food and Drug Administration [FDA]) for which an applicable drug is prescribed under Medicare is for a medically accepted indication.
Amends the Public Health Service Act to:
(1) include among "340B" program-covered entities (permitted to buy outpatient drugs at significant discounts) the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE); and
(2) direct the Secretary to establish a mechanism to ensure that a manufacturer does not pay a duplicate discount with respect to a drug subject to a 340B program agreement if the PACE program receives any rebate (including any negotiated price concessions) for the drug under Medicare part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program).
Makes an organization offering prescription drug coverage eligible to receive from the Secretary 10% of the estimated annual savings to the federal government as a result of the organization's participation in the drug discount program under the Public Health Service Act.

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