Six healthcare provider associations, including the American Hospital Association and America’s Essential Hospitals, and three hospitals have filed a federal lawsuit against HHS seeking increased enforcement of the 340B drug pricing program.
The suit accuses HHS of not requiring drug companies to provide discounted drugs to hospitals in the program as mandated by 340B regulations, according to a news release from the group, which also includes 340B Health, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Children’s Hospital Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Also participating in the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, are Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, S.D., Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Va., and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco.
The suit alleges that drugmakers are refusing to provide discounts to drugs provided by community-based pharmacies, according to the release.
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