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What 340B Does For Patients

For the past 25 years, 340B has helped provide low-cost medications and better health outcomes for millions of Americans and the non-profit clinics and hospitals who serve them.


340B savings enable safety net providers to fund services and care for uninsured and underinsured patients.

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MYTH:

The continuing growth in the 340B program is not sustainable.

FACT:

A condition of Pharma gaining access to the $33.4 billion Medicaid drug market is that they agree to participate in the 340B program. As long as pharma wants access to that $33.4 billion market, they will participate in the 340B program, which will continue well into the future.

MYTH:

340B has experienced out of control, exponential expansion.

FACT:

Congress intentionally expanded the program, with the full knowledge and tacit approval of the drug industry. In 2010, as part of the Aordable Care Act, Congress increased the number and types of nonprofit hospitals that can participate. The growth in the 340B program was intended, and was completely expected. The drug companies actively pushed for ACA because they knew that, between Medicaid expansion and the individual mandate, they would have a payer source for their drugs for tens of millions of new people. They have made out like bandits: Since 2010, Medicaid drug sales have now increased by $13 billion per year Since 2010, total drug company sales have now increased by over $85 billion per year By contrast, 340B discounts have grown by a much more modest amount. While total 340B sales have increased, the discounts oered on those 340B drugs (i.e., the amount that Covered Entities would have paid in the absence of the 340B Program) was far less than pharma asserts. In 2015, the total discounts for 340B drugs increased by only $2 billion from 2010. Largely due to ACA, pharma gets an extra $85 billion per year, and gives up very little. And now they want to renege on that!

MYTH:

340B is incentivizing industry consolidation, driving up prices.

FACT:

While the health care industry is consolidating, it is consolidating everywhere, even in places without 340B (think the merger of CVS and Aetna). While pharma likes to use hospital purchases of oncology practices as its prime example, hospital/oncology acquisitions with 340B are occurring at the same rate as hospital/oncology practices without 340B.

MYTH:

Congress did not clearly identify the intent of the 340B program, thereby allowing nonprofit entities to abuse it.

FACT:

The intent of the 340B program is stated quite clearly in its legislative history. The purpose of 340B is to give safety net providers relief from high drug prices, so they have the resources to provide more and better services to their clients: In giving these ‘covered entities’ access to price reductions the committee intends to enable these entities to stretch scarce federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services. Further, the 340B law clearly anticipates that prescriptions could and would be reimbursed by insurers like Medicaid, because there is specific language dealing with how 340B entities should bill Medicaid.

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340B discounts totaled $6 billion in 2015, thats 1.3 percent of total US drug sales in that year. Thats it.

The COST to taxpayers: Zero. The 340B Program simply allows eligible health care providers that serve a large number of low-income patients to purchase medications at a special discount from drug makers. That savings can, in turn, be used by these eligible providers to fund services and care for their patients, and at no cost to taxpayers.

Since 1992, the 340B Program has allowed safety net providers serving low income communities to use prescription drug savings obtained directly from drug manufacturers to fund more services to more patients.
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