The AHA today urged the Health Resources and Services Administration to meet the Jan. 1 effective date it has proposed for its final rule on drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers under the 340B Drug Pricing Program.
 
“We also urge that the policy changes made by the final rule, first published in January 2017, remain substantially unchanged,” AHA said today in comments on the proposed rule. 
 
Facing deadlines for responding to a lawsuit brought by the AHA, Association of American Medical Colleges, America's Essential Hospitals, 340B Health and three hospital systems, HRSA Oct. 31 proposed the regulation to change the effective and compliance date to Jan. 1.
 
In its comments, AHA also urged the agency to make pricing information available to 340B hospitals and other participating providers online through a secure website, which is required by the final rule, “available as soon as possible after the effective date.”
 

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