IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 29, 2019
Mr. Grassley (for himself, Ms. Cantwell, Mr. Daines, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Lankford, and Ms. Ernst) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To require the Federal Trade Commission to study the role of intermediaries in the pharmaceutical supply chain and provide Congress with appropriate policy recommendations, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Prescription Pricing for the People Act of 2019.
In this Act:
Appropriate committees of congress
The term appropriate committees of Congress means—
the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate; and
the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives.
The term Commission means the Federal Trade Commission.
Study of pharmaceutical supply chain intermediaries and merger activity
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report that—
addresses at minimum—
whether pharmacy benefit managers—
charge payers (including Medicare and Medicaid) a higher price than the reimbursement rate at which the pharmacy benefit managers reimburses competing pharmacies while reimbursing pharmacies in which the pharmacy benefit managers have an ownership interest at the rate charged to payers;
steer patients to pharmacies in which the pharmacy benefit managers have an ownership interest;
audit or review proprietary data, including acquisition costs, patient information, or dispensing information, of competing pharmacies that can be used for anticompetitive purposes; or
use formulary designs to depress the market share of low-cost, lower-rebate prescription drugs;
the current state of competition in the pharmaceutical supply chain, particularly with regard to intermediaries and the recent vertical integrations of pharmacy benefit managers with insurance companies or other payers of prescription drug benefits;
how companies and payers assess the benefits, costs, and risks of contracting with intermediaries, including pharmacy services administrative organizations, and whether more information about the roles of intermediaries should be available to consumers and payers; and
whether there are any specific legal or regulatory obstacles the Commission currently faces in ensuring a competitive and transparent marketplace in the pharmaceutical supply chain, including the pharmacy benefit manager marketplace and pharmacy services administrative organizations; and
observations or conclusions drawn from the November 2017 roundtable entitled
Understanding Competition in Prescription Drug Markets: Entry and Supply Chain Dynamics, and any similar efforts;
specific actions the Commission intends to take as a result of the November 2017 roundtable, and any similar efforts, including a detailed description of relevant forthcoming actions, additional research or roundtable discussions, consumer education efforts, or enforcement actions; and
policy or legislative recommendations to—
improve transparency and competition in the pharmaceutical supply chain;
prevent and deter anticompetitive behavior in the pharmaceutical supply chain; and
best ensure that consumers benefit from any cost savings or efficiencies that may result from mergers and consolidations.
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress an interim report on the progress of the report required by subsection (a), along with preliminary findings and conclusions based on information collected to that date.