News Briefs: FTC, HHS Seek Public Comment on Drug Shortages

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and HHS issued a request for information (RFI) on Feb. 14 regarding the role of health care group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and drug wholesalers in widespread generic drug shortages. The agencies are seeking public input about market concentration and contracting practices in those two industries and their involvement in the generic drug market. The agencies noted in a press release that they want information about “how both entities may influence the pricing and availability of pharmaceutical drugs.” Last year, the FTC announced an investigation into rebate-aggregating GPOs tied to major PBMs.

A federal judge on Feb. 12 dismissed a lawsuit brought by the trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) challenging the Medicare drug price negotiation program. PhRMA sought to overturn the section of the Inflation Reduction Act creating the program, which allows the federal government to negotiate the price of select high-cost medications. Individual drugmakers such as Merck & Co., Bristol Myers Squibb Co., Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca PLC all have similar suits underway. CMS on Feb. 1 sent initial price offers to the manufacturers of the first 10 medications that were selected for the Medicare drug price negotiation program, which goes into effect in 2026.

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AIS Health Staff

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