Join Beth Mitchell, Senior Director of Government Affairs,
and Ashley O’Sullivan, Senior Manager of Policy and Legislation, as they share how
the AmerisourceBergen Government Affairs & Policy team advocates for
pharmacists, pharmacies, and patients before state and federal governmental
representatives. In this podcast, Beth, Ashley, and Paul explore a variety of
topics, such as the unprecedented and unanimous SCOTUS decision in the Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) case, where
SCOTUS ruled that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) does not
preempt an Arkansas state law that states pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) may
not reimburse at less than acquisition cost, which has led to the introduction
of over 50 new state bills regarding PBM regulation and more than 100 new bills
related to drug pricing.
As regulations and legislation seeking to address fairness
and transparency toward the pharmacy profession gain new traction, Beth and
Ashley provide updates on federal guidance amending the PREP Act, permitting
pharmacists to administer COVID-19 testing and vaccinations during the pandemic.
They also explain why it’s so important to find legislative solutions to
establish permanent authorities for pharmacists at the federal level.
Finally, Beth and Ashley discuss advocacy tactics, how they
can be used to educate legislators, and how that can change how our profession
is viewed and treated.