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Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 019 : MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Subchapter 005 : PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST CONTAINMENT

(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 2004)
  • § 2004. Manufacturer fee

    (a) Annually, each pharmaceutical manufacturer or labeler of prescription drugs that are paid for by the Department of Vermont Health Access for individuals participating in Medicaid, Dr. Dynasaur, or VPharm shall pay a fee to the Agency of Human Services. The fee shall be 1.75 percent of the previous calendar year's prescription drug spending by the Department and shall be assessed based on manufacturer labeler codes as used in the Medicaid rebate program.

    (b) Fees collected under this section shall fund collection and analysis of information on pharmaceutical marketing activities under 18 V.S.A. §§ 4632 and 4633; analysis of prescription drug data needed by the Office of the Attorney General for enforcement activities; the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System established in 18 V.S.A. chapter 84A; the evidence-based education program established in 18 V.S.A. chapter 91, subchapter 2; statewide unused prescription drug disposal initiatives; prevention of prescription drug misuse, abuse, and diversion; the Substance Misuse Prevention Oversight and Advisory Council established in 18 V.S.A. § 4803; treatment of substance use disorder; exploration of nonpharmacological approaches to pain management; a hospital antimicrobial program for the purpose of reducing hospital-acquired infections; the purchase and distribution of fentanyl testing strips; the purchase and distribution of naloxone to emergency medical services personnel; and any opioid-antagonist education, training, and distribution program operated by the Department of Health or its agents. The fees shall be collected in the Evidence-Based Education and Advertising Fund established in section 2004a of this title.

    (c) The Secretary of Human Services or designee shall make rules for the implementation of this section.

    (d) The Department shall maintain on its website a list of the manufacturers who have failed to provide timely payment as required under this section. (Added 2007, No. 80, § 20; amended 2007, No. 89 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; 2009, No. 156 (Adj. Sess.), § I.67; 2011, No. 162 (Adj. Sess.), § E.311; 2013, No. 50, § E.312.1; 2013, No. 79, § 27, eff. Jan. 1, 2014; 2013, No. 95 (Adj. Sess.), § 84, eff. Feb. 25, 2014; 2015, No. 173 (Adj. Sess.), § 12, eff. Jan. 1, 2016; 2019, No. 70, § 29; 2019, No. 72, § E.313.)