Drug repackaging

The long-standing fight over how much doctors can mark up drugs for workers' compensation patients comes down to one thing now: Gov. Rick Scott's signature. 

The bill  limits the amount doctors can charge for drugs dispensed in their office to 12.5 percent over the average wholesale price. It increases the amount doctors get paid for giving patients the drug from $4 to $8.

It passed unanimously in the House Wednesday morning and has been sent to the governor's desk.  

Concerns about privacy are behind an amendment that drastically weakened a ban on texting while driving -- which passed Wednesday in the House -- and swirled around a bill on medical malpractice, still pending in the House. 

The Florida Senate has passed a bill that limits doctors on how much they can charge for repackaged drugs for workers' compensation patients.

The bill, passed this afternoon by a vote of 39 to 0, caps the amount doctors can charge for the drugs to 12.5 percent over the average wholesale price. It  increases the amount doctors get paid for giving patients the drug from $4 to $8.

It is identical to the bill passed this morning by the House Health and Human Services Committee. 

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All the players in a long-running drama over drug-dispensing in workers’ compensation agreed to a compromise that will cap the amount doctors can charge for the drugs themselves, but doubles the amount they get paid for giving patients the drug.  

Doctors who dispense drugs to workers’ compensation patients often add a big markup to the price, and business groups have been fighting for years to stop that practice. The Florida Medical Association beat back all those bills. Now they’ve arrived at a compromise, as an amendment to a Senate bill, the Florida Current reports. 

 

Drug repackaging is in contention yet again this Legislative session, with insurance companies and businesses arguing for a cap on prices and doctors (and the software company that profits from their ability to dispense drugs) insisting one isn’t needed.