A district court judge wasted no time in responding to the latest motion in an ongoing lawsuit filed against HHS by patient advocacy groups over the use of copay accumulators. In his decision, the judge reiterated his September decision vacating one rule and reinstating another that prohibits the use of accumulators for drugs that do not have a medically appropriate generic equivalent. It’s not entirely clear what next steps will be, but one patient advocacy group says it hopes to see HHS enforce the policy limiting plans’ use of accumulator programs.
While pharma manufacturers began offering the programs to help patients stay on costly therapies, payers have pushed back, saying they lead to higher-cost agents to be used over lower-cost ones. At the same time, similar programs, such as copay maximizers and alternate funding programs, have increased in use, to payers’ dismay.