Legislation


SB 5401 (see companion bill HB 1541) – Washington

Status: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2017
Link: http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5401&Chamber=Senate&Year=2017

PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST TRANSPARENCY: Requires the state to collect, verify, and summarize prescription drug pricing data provided by health insurance issuers and manufacturers. A manufacturer with a drug that increases more than 10% or $10,000 in a year must report for such drug, the time on the market, the generic or brand name status, pricing history in the US the previous five years, total financial assistance given by the manufacturer through assistance programs, rebates, and coupons, and an economic justification of the qualifying price increase for the covered drug. Any qualifying price increase for a covered drug must be announced 60 days before the change. Separately, each health insurance plan issuer must identify overall spending on prescription drugs and by the 25 most frequently prescribed drugs, the 25 costliest prescription drugs, with the information by the state Medicaid program, public employees’ benefits board programs, and the individual, small group, and large group markets. All data submitted must be collected by a state-approved data organization and made publicly available on the office’s web site, with reports due starting Nov. 1, 2017. Fines may be up to $1000 per day for non-compliance.


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