The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Government”) and Bartell Drug, Inc. (“Bartell”), a Washington State pharmacy chain of approximately 70 pharmacies, recently reached a civil settlement in which Bartell agreed to pay a fine... Read More
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In 2019, Frier Levitt reported a new dispensing limitation CVS Caremark (“Caremark”) introduced in its retail networks that took effect on January 1, 2020. Specifically, Caremark issued an “Aberrant Product List” that identified... Read More
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As the opioid crisis continues to result in devastating consequences throughout the country, the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) is broadening its opioid enforcement to all stakeholders involved in the opioid supply chain including,... Read More
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On Thursday December 10, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a unanimous decision in the case Rutledge v. PCMA ruling in favor of the Petitioner, Leslie Rutledge, the Attorney General of Arkansas, and against the... Read More
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Express Scripts, Inc. (“ESI”), has switched gears once again in its recoupment efforts that originally began on April 7, 2020, and re-initiated by ESI on September 1, 2020 . ESI unilaterally recoups funds from pharmacies based on an alleged... Read More
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The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has caused most business operations to go virtual, and PBMs have followed this trend. Earlier this year, we reported that PBMs had briefly suspended audits of pharmacies in an alleged effort to ensure pharmacies were... Read More
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This year a law in New Jersey aimed at regulating Pharmacy Benefit Managers (“PBMs”) went into effect which includes several protections for pharmacies operating in New Jersey. While New Jersey previously had laws in place to regulate PBMs, New... Read More
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During a pharmacy audit, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (“PBMs”) often request the pharmacy to submit documents demonstrating that prescriptions were prescribed pursuant to a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship.  If the pharmacy is unable to... Read More
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