OIG Remains Focused On Pharmaceutical Copayment Coupons

Law360, New York (October 22, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT) -- On Sept. 19, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General simultaneously issued a report and special advisory bulletin addressing the use of copayment coupons by pharmaceutical manufacturers to reduce or eliminate immediate out-of-pocket costs for specific prescription drugs. These releases indicate that pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies may have legal exposure if copayment coupon programs are not carefully implemented and monitored to ensure the coupons are not used by patients for prescriptions covered under federal health care programs.

The OIG Office of Evaluation and Inspections report, Manufacturer Safeguards May Not Prevent Copayment Coupon Use for Part...

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