By Michael Browne
Source: Supermarket News
Hundreds of organizations representing the pharmacy industry, including supermarket pharmacies, are pushing for legislation that they say would stop the abuse of pharmacy price concessions charged by third-party middlemen — known as direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees — which have increased 91,500% in recent years.
The groups are voicing their support for The Pharmacy DIR Reform to Reduce Senior Drug Costs Act (S. 1909 / H.R. 3554), which was introduced in late May in the Senate by Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and in the House by Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Morgan Griffith (R-Va.).