Sen. John Thune (R-SD) (Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

Draft 340B re­forms in­clude user fees, clar­i­ty around con­tract phar­ma­cies

Six bi­par­ti­san sen­a­tors sug­gest­ed sev­er­al changes to im­prove the “sta­bil­i­ty and trans­paren­cy” of the 340B drug dis­count pro­gram in a long-await­ed draft bill re­leased Fri­day.

The 340B pro­gram re­quires drug man­u­fac­tur­ers to of­fer dis­counts to cer­tain health sys­tems and hos­pi­tals serv­ing low-in­come pop­u­la­tions. But law­mak­ers have ac­cused some sys­tems of abus­ing the grow­ing pro­gram, while phar­ma com­pa­nies have set their own lim­its around par­tic­i­pa­tion.

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