January 11, 2018      5:56 PM
Patt, Page: Support bipartisan fixes to the 340B Drug Discount Program
Some Texas doctors argue in favor of a first step toward fixing the drug discount program
twenty-five years ago, Congress created a program, the 340B Drug Discount Program,
to help safety-net clinics and community health centers improve the health of
needy communities throughout the country. Unfortunately, some bad actors are
taking advantage of the program for their own benefit while communities,
including here in Texas, are suffering. Indiana Representative and doctor Larry Bucshon (R-IN-08)
and California Representative Scott
Peters (D-CA-52) recently introduced legislation, the 340B Protecting Access to
Underserved and Safety-Net Entities Act (Pause), which is a great first
step to provide much needed fixes to the program.
those who aren’t familiar with the 340B Drug Discount Program, it requires the
drug manufacturers to sell their medicines to eligible organizations at steep
discounts but allows heath care organizations to sell the prescriptions at full
price. It started out as a well-intentioned program
but some organizations are using it to drive profits instead of help patients.
The complete guest
column by Dr. Debra Patt
and dr. Ray Page is in the R&D Department.
By Debra Patt and Ray Page