HHS Releases Advisory Opinion Clarifying that 340B Discounts Apply to Contract Pharmacies  

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Servies (HHS) Office of the General Counsel released an advisory opinion concluding that drug manufacturers are required to deliver discounts under the 340B Drug Pricing Program to contract pharmacies. The release says, “HHS has become aware of drug manufacturers refusing to provide 340B discounts to covered entities when covered entities order the drugs themselves but then have the drug physically delivered to patients through “contract pharmacies.” Through the new advisory opinion, HHS has clarified that drug manufacturers must provide 340B discounts when a contract pharmacy is acting as an agent of a covered entity, providing services on behalf of the covered entity.” Read the full advisory here.