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Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 019 : MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Subchapter 005 : PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST CONTAINMENT

(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 2001)
  • § 2001. Legislative oversight

    (a) In connection with the Pharmacy Best Practices and Cost Control Program, the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access shall report for review by the House Committees on Appropriations, on Health Care, and on Human Services and the Senate Committees on Appropriations and on Health and Welfare prior to any modifications:

    (1) the compilation that constitutes the preferred drug list or list of drugs subject to prior authorization or any other utilization review procedures;

    (2) any utilization review procedures, including any prior authorization procedures; and

    (3) the procedures by which drugs will be identified as preferred on the preferred drug list, and the procedures by which drugs will be selected for prior authorization or any other utilization review procedure.

    (b) The Committees shall closely monitor implementation of the preferred drug list and utilization review procedures to ensure that the consumer protection standards enacted pursuant to section 1999 of this title are not diminished as a result of implementing the preferred drug list and the utilization review procedures, including any unnecessary delay in access to appropriate medications. The Committees shall ensure that all affected interests, including consumers, health care providers, pharmacists, and others with pharmaceutical expertise have an opportunity to comment on the preferred drug list and procedures reviewed under this subsection.

    (c) The Commissioner of Vermont Health Access shall report annually on or before October 30 to the House Committees on Appropriations, on Health Care, and on Human Services and the Senate Committees on Appropriations and on Health and Welfare concerning the Pharmacy Best Practices and Cost Control Program. Topics covered in the report shall include issues related to drug cost and utilization; the effect of national trends on the pharmacy program; comparisons to other states; and decisions made by the Department's Drug Utilization Review Board in relation to both drug utilization review efforts and the placement of drugs on the Department's preferred drug list.

    (d) [Repealed.]

    (e)(1) [Repealed.]

    (2) The Commissioner shall not enter into a contract with a pharmacy benefit manager unless the pharmacy benefit manager has agreed to disclose to the Commissioner the terms and the financial impact on Vermont and on Vermont beneficiaries of:

    (A) any agreement with a pharmaceutical manufacturer to favor the manufacturer's products over a competitor's products, or to place the manufacturer's drug on the pharmacy benefit manager's preferred list or formulary, or to switch the drug prescribed by the patient's health care provider with a drug agreed to by the pharmacy benefit manager and the manufacturer;

    (B) any agreement with a pharmaceutical manufacturer to share manufacturer rebates and discounts with the pharmacy benefit manager, or to pay "soft money" or other economic benefits to the pharmacy benefit manager;

    (C) any agreement or practice to bill Vermont health benefit plans for prescription drugs at a cost higher than the pharmacy benefit manager pays the pharmacy;

    (D) any agreement to share revenue with a mail order or internet pharmacy company;

    (E) any agreement to sell prescription drug data concerning Vermont beneficiaries, or data concerning the prescribing practices of the health care providers of Vermont beneficiaries; or

    (F) any other agreement of the pharmacy benefit manager with a pharmaceutical manufacturer, or with wholesale and retail pharmacies, affecting the cost of pharmacy benefits provided to Vermont beneficiaries.

    (3) The Commissioner shall not enter into a contract with a pharmacy benefit manager who has entered into an agreement or engaged in a practice described in subdivision (2) of this subsection, unless the Commissioner determines that the agreement or practice furthers the financial interests of Vermont and does not adversely affect the medical interests of Vermont beneficiaries. (Added 2001, No. 127 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. June 13, 2002; amended 2005, No. 174 (Adj. Sess.), § 103; 2009, No. 33, § 83; 2009, No. 156 (Adj. Sess.), § I.64; 2011, No. 171 (Adj. Sess.), § 41c; 2015, No. 23, § 57; 2015, No. 58, § E.307.1; 2015, No. 97 (Adj. Sess.), § 68; 2015, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § E.306.10.)