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The Increasingly Murky World of 340B: What’s Next?

For the past 18 months, health care providers and the pharmaceutical industry have been hoping for some clarity regarding 340B Drug Discount Program operations. But things just keep getting murkier....more

D.C. District Court Rules Drug Manufacturer Group Must File New Lawsuit To Challenge HHS Interpretive Rule on 340B Orphan Drug...

On August 27, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia rejected Plaintiff Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA) request to invalidate HHS’s recent interpretive rule...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Confusion to Clarity on the Future of the 340B Program [Video]

Polsinelli Podcast Explores Upcoming Webinar Covered entities and drug manufacturers expected the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to issue its much anticipated mega-reg for the 340B Program in June....more

HHS Issues Interpretive Rule Excluding Orphan Drugs from 340B Program Discounts Only for Designated Orphan Status Uses

On July 21, 2014, the Health Resources and Services Administration of HHS (HRSA) issued an interpretive rule interpreting Section 340B(e) of the Public Health Service Act as excluding from the 340B Drug Pricing Program orphan...more

HHS Relabels Invalidated 340b Regulation As “Interpretative Rule”

Earlier this week HHS came out swinging in the latest round of its battle with the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) over the Affordable Care Act’s provisions on 340B and orphan drugs. HHS reasserted...more

HHS Says It Has Authority to Issue Interpretive Guidance on Contested 340B Orphan Drug Rule Despite Court Order Vacating Final...

According to a recent court filing by HHS, the agency should not be precluded from issuing interpretative guidance regarding a provision of the 340B Drug Pricing Program even though a federal district court previously vacated...more

The Orphan Drug Wars: HHS Interpretive Rule Clarifies Orphan Drug Exclusion

On July 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an “Interpretive Rule” in response to a recent U.S. District Court decision that vacated the July 23, 2013, orphan drug rule on the grounds...more

Focus on Regulatory Law - July 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation Authorities ..French Competition Authority ..Securities and Market Authority ..Audiovisual Council ..Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communications -...more

HHS to Continue Enforcing Orphan Drug Exclusion from 340B Program

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through its Office of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced last week that, although a court recently struck down its regulation addressing application...more

340B Registration Changes: Re-enrollment of Currently Participating Facilities and Eligibility Based on Amended Cost Reports

In April 2013, the federal Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) released guidance instructing hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) to register new outpatient facilities by service, rather than...more

The Orphan Drug Wars: HHS’s Rebuttal to Its Recent Loss to PhRMA

On June 18, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publicly stated that the recent decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to vacate HHS’s regulation covering orphan drugs and...more

HRSA “Interprets” Its Enjoined 340 Orphan Drug Rule into Effect

In January, I predicted that 2014 would be a game-changer for the 340B Drug Discount Program, in part because of HRSA’s announcement that, in June 2014, it would for the first time publish an omnibus rule governing 340B...more

Status of 340B “Mega-Rule” in Question as HHS Decides How to Proceed with Vacatur of Orphan Drug Rule

For over a year, participants in the 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) and others have been waiting for the release of the so-called proposed “Mega-Rule” by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The...more

HHS Poised For Round Two Of Orphan Drug Fight

HHS isn’t ready to throw in the towel in the fight over expansion of the 340B program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On Thursday HHS said in a court filing that it will appeal last month’s federal court ruling that...more

The Orphan Drug Wars: HHS’s Recent Loss to PhRMA

On May 27, 2014, almost a year following the promulgation of its final rule, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had its rule vacated by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under an...more

DC District Court Strikes Down 340B Orphan Drug Rule

On May 23, Judge Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (DC District Court) ruled that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) did not have the statutory authority to promulgate its...more

Recent 340B Orphan Drug Decision May Have Widespread Implications

In This Issue: - Orphan Drug Rule Background - PhRMA Sues to Block the Orphan Drug Rule - District Court Says HHS Overstepped Its Authority and Invalidates Orphan Drug Rule - Implications on the...more

Federal Court Vacates 340B Rule Regarding Orphan Drugs

On May 23, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a Memorandum Opinion in Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al. At...more

Court Invalidates 340B Orphan Drug Rule

In a blow to government efforts to regulate the 340B Drug Discount Program, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras has ruled that HRSA lacks regulatory authority to promulgate regulations expanding access to 340B discounts for...more

Federal Court Invalidates 340b Orphan Drug Regulation

Last Friday a federal district court invalidated a regulation that had authorized the 340B discount for critical access hospitals, sole community hospitals, rural referral centers and free-standing cancer hospitals when they...more

340B Drug Discount Program Orphan Drug Rule Vacated: ACA “New” Covered Entity Types No Longer Authorized to Purchase Orphan Drugs...

The D.C. District Court permanently enjoined the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) from implementing its July 23, 2013 final rule on “exclusion of Orphan...more

2014 May Be a Game-Changer for the 340B Drug Discount Program

The year 2014 looks to be a year of major developments for the 340B Drug Discount Program. We have seen (1) a first in terms of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) imposing sanctions on audited entities,...more

Final Rule on 340B Orphan Drug Exclusion Imposes New Compliance Requirements on Covered Entities and Contract Pharmacies

The 340B program permits eligible hospitals and other “safety-net” providers (Covered Entities) to purchase covered outpatient drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturers at significant discounts. The Affordable Care Act and the...more

’Orphan drug’ rule raises off-label worries for drugmakers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week clarified when hospitals are allowed to buy socalled orphan drugs at sharply discounted prices, but it left open questions for drug manufacturers about the risk of...more

HRSA Issues Final 340B Orphan Drug Exclusion Rule: Agency’s Narrow Interpretation of Statutory Prohibition Puts Compliance...

On July 23, 2013, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued a final rule clarifying the orphan drug exclusion for certain covered entities created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (“Final Rule”). The...more

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