The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency use authorization for three vaccines to protect against COVID-19.  While these long-awaited vaccines have provided tremendous hope for the nation in looking for a pathway out of the pandemic,... Read More
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Frier Levitt recently helped a Texas-based independent pharmacy that was facing an audit conducted by a national PBM.  The PBM alleged various discrepancies including drug invoice shortages.  The discrepancies amounted to significant audit fines.... Read More
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As part of an invoice reconciliation audit, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (“PBMs”) routinely request pharmacies to provide documents pertaining to pharmacy-to-pharmacy drug transfers.  These documents include invoices and/or purchase summaries from... 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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The current United States marketplace for the regulation of pharmacy benefits is a patchwork of inconsistent (and in some cases non-existent) state laws, state and federal agency regulations, agency manuals and federal laws. Uniform state laws would... 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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