Who Benefits from the 340B Drug Discount Program?

Allyson Funk   |     June 10, 2015   |   SHARE THIS

340BSpotlight_HeaderThe 340B program was created by Congress in 1992 to help vulnerable or uninsured patients gain access to needed prescription medicines, by requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide steep discounts to certain types of clinics and hospitals as a condition of their drugs being covered by Medicaid.

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Unfortunately, the program has strayed from its core mission and is growing dramatically, with hospitals responsible for much of this growth. While clinics that receive government grants largely use the program to improve access to medicines for needy patients, not all 340B hospitals are good stewards of the program.

P340BSpotlight_ThumbnailhRMA supports the original intent of the program and is committed to working with Congress and the administration to reform the 340B program to ensure it reaches the vulnerable or uninsured patients it was intended to help.

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Allyson Funk

Allyson Funk Ally is a senior director of Communications at PhRMA focusing on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and other public programs. Her previous experience includes leading health communications for a large membership organization, supporting public affairs clients, and working for the governor of Louisiana. Ally enjoys travel, trying new restaurants and spending time with Buddy, her 9-year-old rescue Pomeranian. In the fall, she and her husband are almost always wearing Saints gear.

Topics: 340B, Medicaid, Congress, hospitals, 340B Spotlight

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