The resolution adopted by the House of Delegates created new policies to:
- Oppose provisions in pharmacies’ contracts with PBMs that prohibit pharmacists from disclosing that a patient’s co-pay is higher than the drug’s cash price.
- Advocate for policies that prohibit price gouging on prescription medications when there are no justifiable factors or data to support the price increase.
The resolution also directed the AMA to:
- Continue its efforts with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners addressing the development and management of pharmacy benefits.
- Develop model state legislation on the development and management of pharmacy benefits.
- Continue implementation of the TruthInRx.org campaign to expand drug pricing transparency among pharmaceutical manufacturers, PBMs and health plans, and to communicate the impact of each of these segments on drug prices and access to affordable treatment.
The AMA created TruthInRx.org to hear from patients and their struggles to afford their medications. The site gives consumers an opportunity to tell their stories of how rising prices are affecting their health and their finances.
Read more news coverage from the 2017 AMA Interim Meeting.