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Dems Introduce Legislation Requiring Negotiation of Medicare Drug Pricing

'On Friday, Congressman Dingell, on behalf of himself and 189 co-sponsors, introduced H.R. 4 to amend the Social Security Act to require the negotiation of prices for Medicare Part D covered drugs.'

Health care law attorney Jayne Juvan, publisher of the outstanding health care law blog, Juvan's Health Law Update, writes:

'Specifically, H.R. 4, cited as the "Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007", states that the Secretary "shall negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers the prices (including discounts, rebates and other price concessions) that may be charged to PDP sponsors and MA organizations for covered part D drugs for part D eligible individuals who are enrolled under a prescription drug plan or under an MA-PD plan." If enacted as introduced, the bill would also require reports to be filed twice a year with certain specified committees about the negotiations conducted and the prices and price discounts achieved. Noticeably absent from the bill, however, is a requirement that a formulary be established and the application of any savings achieved as a result of the measure to fill the doughnut hole.'

Health care lawyer Jayne Juvan represents physicians groups, long term care providers, ancillary service providers and pharmaceutical companies in connection with regulatory compliance, asset and stock transactions and joint ventures. Ms. Juvan is also developing a health care litigation practice. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and is known for being a former Editor-in-Chief of the Capital University Law Review.
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Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen offers general corporate legal services, litigation consultation, and expertise in health law with a unique focus on alternative, complementary, and integrative medical therapies.

Michael H. Cohen is Principal in Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen and also President of the Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine (also known as the Institute for Health, Ethics, Law, Policy & Society), a forum for exploration of legal, regulatory, ethical, and health policy issues involved in the judicious integration of complementary and alternative medical therapies (such as acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, herbal medicine) and conventional clinical care. The most recent published book by Michael H. Cohen on health care law, regulation, ethics and policy pertaining to complementary, alternative and integrative medicine and related fields is Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion. This is the fourth book in a series, following Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (1998), Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution (2000), and Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation (2003).

Michael H. Cohen has also been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales as a Solicitor (non-practicing), adding to Bar membership in four U.S. states.
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