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ATAP Applauds Virginia in Becoming First State to Pass PBM Legislation This Session

ATAP is pleased to report that a Virginia bill aimed at regulating PBMs (HB 1177), championed by Delegate Todd Pillion (R, 4th), has passed both the House and the Senate and is now headed to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk.  Should the Governor sign HB 1177 into law, Virginia will become the first state to enact PBM legislation during the 2018 session.   


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Florida Update: ATAP Urges Support for PBM Bill as It Clears Another Hurdle

ATAP is pleased to report that a Florida bill aimed at regulating PBMs (HB 351) has cleared another important hurdle: the Health and Human Services Committee yesterday voted unanimously in favor of passing the bill out of committee. 


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ATAP Responds to White House Report on Drug Pricing Reform

The Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP) applauds the White House for recognizing the increasingly harmful role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in the prescription drug market in a report released Friday outlining policy options to reduce drug prices and encourage medical innovation.


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ATAP Supports New Hampshire Bill to Increase PBM Transparency

On February 7, ATAP sent a letter to New Hampshire legislators expressing its support for HB 1529, which seeks to increase transparency for pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) by requiring them to annually disclose the amount of rebates and discounts received from drug manufacturers.  The bill is currently being considered by the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee, following a public hearing on its provisions.


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ATAP Rings in New Year by Adding Three New Members to Coalition

The Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP), a coalition of provider and patient groups concerned about the practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), started off the new year by adding three new members to its coalition: Kentuckiana Rheumatology Alliance (KRA), Ohio Association of Rheumatology (OAR), and International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis (IFAA).


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ATAP Responds to State of the Union Address

The Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP) is encouraged by President Trump’s statement during the State of the Union address last night that reducing prescription drug prices is one of his “greatest priorities.”


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ATAP Joins Ohio Pharmacists Association, Other Organizations in Supporting Ohio PBM Bill

ATAP joined the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) and over twenty additional organizations in applauding new legislation introduced by Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) and Representative Thomas West (D-Canton) that aims to end a secretive practice that is causing patients to pay more than they should at the pharmacy counter.


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ATAP Applauds Florida House Subcommittee as Florida PBM Bill Clears First Hurdle

ATAP is pleased to report that a Florida bill aimed at regulating PBMs (HB 351) has passed out of the Florida House Health Innovation Subcommittee after Subcommittee Members unanimously voted in favor of the bill on January 17. 


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ATAP Submits CMS Part D Rule Comments

ATAP urges CMS to adopt a policy requiring sponsors to include all price concessions at the point of sale for Medicare beneficiaries. 


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Florida bill would help prevent drug bait and switch

By Dr. Robert Levin, President of the Florida Society of Rheumatology

Mary is a 45-year-old patient in my practice with severe rheumatoid arthritis. She was incapacitated. Her illness prevented her from working, and also made it difficult to dress, cook, do housework and other everyday tasks that most of us take for granted.


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ATAP Chair Dr. Levin Testifies Before Florida House Subcommittee on PBMS

On December 6, ATAP Chair Dr. Robert Levin testified before the Florida House Health and Innovation Subcommittee on the impact deceptive PBM practices have on patient care. “I went to medical school… I know what the patient has and what’s best for my patient. Unfortunately, the decision-making of what prescriptions are available for our patients has been taken out of my hands,” he said. “The patients are expecting that I’m looking out for them…and [I’m] not having some third-party looking over my shoulder telling me what to do.”


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ATAP Sends Letter to House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health regarding PBMs

We thank the Subcommittee for scheduling today’s hearing entitled “Examining the Drug Supply Chain.” ATAP was formed on a shared concern that PBMs play an increasingly harmful role in our supply chain.


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ATAP Sends Letter to Congress Supporting CMS Pass-Through Policy

We urge Congress to encourage CMS to adopt a policy requiring sponsors to include price concessions at the point of
sale for Medicare beneficiaries.


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ATAP Responds to Federal Innovation Center Request for Information

In a letter submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Alliance for Transparent and Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP) urged the agency to address the increasingly harmful role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in the prescription drug delivery system.   


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Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions Adds Three More Organizations

The Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, American Bone Health, and the Tennessee Rheumatology Society became the newest members of the Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP), a coalition of provider and patient groups concerned about the practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) driving up drug costs.  


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Two Organizations Join Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions

Today, the North Carolina Rheumatology Association (NCRA) and the U.S. Pain Foundation became the newest members of the Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP), a coalition of provider and patient groups concerned about the practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) driving up drug costs.  


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The Center for Biosimilars

PBMs: The Biosimilar Blockade

By Angus Worthing, MD, FACR, FACP

With 5 rheumatology biosimilars already approved by the FDA, and dozens more in the pipeline, the landscape of the rheumatology drug market is on the cusp of a major shift. Biosimilars were created to bring notoriously expensive biologic drugs to patients at lower prices. In theory, they increase access to life-changing, even life-saving, treatments. As a practicing rheumatologist in downtown Washington, DC, I observe firsthand the power of biologics to bring relief to patients suffering from crippling diseases of the joints.


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Rheumatology Groups Join Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions

The Association of Women in Rheumatology (AWIR), National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM), and Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) announced today that they have joined the Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP), a coalition of provider and patient groups concerned about the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in driving up drug costs.


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State Rheumatology Organizations Join Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions

The Florida Society of Rheumatology, New York State Rheumatology Society, and California Rheumatology Alliance today became the newest members of the Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP), a new coalition of provider and patient groups concerned about the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in driving up drug costs.


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Leading Health Organizations Announce Launch of Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions

Health leaders today announced the launch of the Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP), a coalition of provider and patient groups concerned about the practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) driving up drug costs.  


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Tallahassee Democrat

Levin: Patients deserve access to the right meds

By Dr. Robert Levin, President of the Florida Society of Rheumatology

Over my 28 years as a practicing rheumatologist, I have progressively been denied my authority to prescribe the best medicines for my patients.The problem is a process called “step therapy,” which allows insurance plans to force physicians to prescribe less effective – and cheaper – drugs before they can use the medications they had in mind all along. This is a bad idea, and the Florida Legislature should correct it immediately.