tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2003 Issue 9

Pharmaceuticals: MEDICAID Rx PURCHASING POOL GROWING

The first multistate Medicaid drug purchasing pool, announced Feb. 20 by Michigan and Vermont, is getting bigger. South Carolina and Wisconsin have joined the compact, which seeks to use bulk purchasing power to achieve savings beyond the legally mandated Medicaid drug rebate. Other states such as Minnesota have also expressed interest. Virginia-based pharmacy benefit manager First Health Services Corp. will operate the program. States have previously pooled their drug purchasing for groups such as state employees. In January, ten states announced plans for a pool to purchase drugs for both Medicaid and non-Medicaid consumers, a linkage the drug industry...

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