Scrutiny Of Patient Assistance Program Funding Is Rising

Law360 (December 5, 2019, 3:45 PM EST) -- Pharmaceutical manufacturers donate hundreds of millions of dollars a year to charitable funds that help patients afford the cost of their prescriptions. Known as independent charity patient assistance programs, or PAPs, these funds enable patients to have access to critical drugs and medications.

While the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has not disapproved of this relationship between drug companies and independent charities as long as the charity maintains the required hallmarks of independence, the past few years have seen an increase in the scrutiny of PAPs and their donors.

In November, Florida-based The...

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