DeSantis issues executive order in attempt to lower prescription drug costs

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Friday that aims to lower prescription medicine costs for Floridians
  • The order directs state agencies to amend contracts with Pharmacy Benefits Managers
  • Prior studies indicate that health care companies utilizing Pharmacy Benefit Managerstend to pocket more money

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order today aimed at increasing transparency in prescription costs for Floridians. The order ensures changes to keep Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBMs) accountable when administering prescription drug benefits for insurance companies are implemented.

The executive order directs all executive agencies to include provisions in all future contracts and solicitations with PBMs including the prohibition of spread pricing for all PBMs, the prohibition of reimbursement clawbacks, instructions for all state agencies to include data transparency and reporting requirements, including a review of all rebates, payments, and relationships between pharmacies, insurers, and manufacturers, and directs all impacted agencies to amend all contracts to match the new requirements.

“Florida continues to lead the nation in ensuring accountability in the health care industry and in introducing reforms to combat rising prescriptions costs,” said DeSantis. “This executive order requires accountability and transparency for pharmaceutical middlemen when doing business with the state, thereby reducing the upward pressure on prescription drug costs.”


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