Alliance for Patient Access
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA)
Community Oncology Alliance (COA)
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR)
RetireSafe Joins AIR 340B
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 26, 2013) — "As a 400,000 strong nationwide advocacy organization for older Americans, RetireSafe continues to be vigilant in its work to ensure that they have affordable access to the Medicare and Medicaid healthcare services that they paid into every month of their working lives and that our government promised them would be waiting for them when they retired. This affordability and access is threatened due to the misuse of a government program (labeled 340 B) that was meant as a safety net for the uninsured and indigent but has developed into a revenue source for hospitals. We have joined the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR 340B) to support the fight against this misuse of government funds.The access problem results from the closing of many physician based service centers due to their inability to compete with hospitals and other facilitates who offer this service and prescriptions at reduced prices based on the hospitals ability to obtain 340 B subsidies for patients who were never intended to qualify under the original 340 B program. When service centers close choices and options are limited and older Americans suffer, especially those who live in rural communities." Read more here.
Alliance Grows Amid Rising Concern Over 340B Drug Discount Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 16, 2013) —The Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (“AIR 340B”) today announced the addition of five organizations to its coalition, which is dedicated to reforming and strengthening the 340B program. The Society for Women’s Health Research, The Grange, RetireSafe, The Global Healthy Living Foundation,and Janssen have recently joined the Alliance, whose purpose is to strengthen and reform the drug discount program established by Congress in 1992 to serve low income, uninsured patients. Since launching in May, the Alliance has grown to fifteen organizations. Founding Alliance members, listed below, include patient advocacy groups, clinical care providers and biopharmaceutical innovators. Read more here.
Society for Women's Health Research Joins AIR 340B
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 17, 2013) —"The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is supportive of the 340B program. This program, established by Congress in 1992 to serve patients in need, is critically important to the health of indigent Americans, particularly women. Now, a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has called the use of the program into question. The report found that hospitals participating in the 340B program misused the program to prescribe discounted drugs to people who did not qualify for the program, thereby tarnishing its reputation and jeopardizing the program for patients who truly need access to these medications and treatments." Read more here.
The Grange Joins AIR 340B Coalition
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 13, 2013) —Founded in 1867, The Grange is the oldest American rural advocacy group with a national scope. Over 160,000 Grange members in more than 2,100 communities nationwide serve each other and their communities through educational programs, service projects, nonpartisan legislative advocacy, and social networking events. From its roots as an organization primarily concerned with improving agriculture in the United States, The Grange has expanded its focus toward ensuring that rural Americans and communities receive the resources they need to thrive, including quality healthcare. Read more here.