Drug Pricing Reform Efforts: The Blueprint Turns 1 Year Old

ACPE UAN #:  0233-0000-19-036-H04-P

Release Date:  March 27, 2019

Expiration Date:   March 27, 2022

Activity Type:    Knowledge-based

Contact Hours:  1.25 contact hours

Activity Fee:  Member:  $15        Non-Member: $30

Target Audience: Pharmacists who practice in managed care settings.

Activity Overview

Since President Trump released his administration’s Drug Pricing Blueprint in May 2018, health care stakeholders have been anticipating changes to drug pricing policy. Americans have identified prescription drug prices as a top public policy issue, and Congress and the White House are trying to provide patient relief. Over the past 10 months, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the Inspector General have issued many policies and regulations to lower drug costs, some of which are likely to have bigger impacts than others. At the same time, states have been busy introducing reforms of their own. This session will help you catch up on what has happened, what has been proposed, and what we might expect as we look toward 2020.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1.  Review the U.S. drug pricing system, including how different stakeholders negotiate net costs.
  2.  Review legislative and regulatory updates to drug pricing at the state and federal level.
  3.  Summarize key pillars of the drug pricing blueprint impacting managed care pharmacy.
  4.  Discuss potential future policies, including the impact that the 2018 elections may have moving forward.

Schedule of Educational Activity

This activity consists of an audio recording, pre-test assessment questions (not required to pass or continue), post-test questions (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher) and a specific activity evaluation. 

CPE Requirements:   

Participants should claim continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this home study activity only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at AMCP Annual Meeting 2019.

CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor.  Please allow 72 hours for processing and posting in your NABP account.

To receive credit for an online activity you must:

  • Review the full content of the activity.
  • Successfully complete the post-test (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher, it may be taken a maximum of three times).
  • Complete a specific activity evaluation.

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David Wamble, PhD | Director, Health Economics | RTI Health Solutions | Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-0000-19-036-H04-P 1.25 Contact Hours March 27, 2019 - March 27, 2022