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REGULATING PHARMACY SAFETY

When almost 750 patients were infected and more than 50 died from contaminated drugs made in compounding pharmacies, state regulators and legislators and federal officials moved to create more enforceable oversight to assure safety of the drug supplies. A federal law, signed November 2013, creates updated standards and safeguards while the FDA also is examining nationwide regulation.

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NEW BIOLOGICS RX REPORT (July 2014)

State Laws and Legislation Related to Biologic Medications and Substitution of Biosimilars - an NCSL report on legislation in 21 states, leading to new laws in 8 states.

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OVERVIEW | PHARMACEUTICALS

Almost 50 percent of Americans take prescription drugs regularly, improving their health or even saving lives. State and federal legislative actions have led to major policy shifts, affecting drug costs, use of brands or generics and patient access and safety. Read reports on Medicaid use of preferred drug lists, new rebates from manufacturers, public and private patient assistance programs, medication adherence and patient education, “sunshine” laws, tighter regulation of safety violations at compounding pharmacies, combating illegal misuse of prescription products and future trends that affect a new generation of  biological medications. Some results are dramatic: total U.S. drug spending was rising at a rate of 10 percent annually a decade ago, but recently the annual increase has slowed to less than 2 percent.

STANDING COMMITTEE

News of Health Reform Activity in the Federal Government. The NCSL Standing Committeeon Healthand Human Services will meet at Fall Forum Dec. 9-12 in Washington,D.C. with sessions on a variety of timely topics.  Register to attend; also look for valuable resources and speaker slides from the meeting.

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