MFN Rule Likely Will Have Broad Impact on Health Care System

More than two years after first proposing the idea of pricing drugs on the U.S. market based on their prices in certain countries, the administration on Nov. 20 moved ahead with an interim final rule that would require implementation of this approach on Jan. 1. Two weeks later, industry groups filed a pair of lawsuits seeking to halt implementation. If the law goes into effect, it stands to have a wide-reaching impact on the health care system while having little effect on bringing down prices for consumers, say industry experts.

Implemented through the CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), the most-favored-nation (MFN) model (85 Fed. Reg. 76180, Nov. 27, 2020) “will test whether more closely aligning payment for Medicare Part B drugs and biologicals…with international prices and removing incentives to use higher- cost drugs can control unsustainable growth in Medicare Part B spending without adversely affecting quality of care for beneficiaries.”

Angela Maas

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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