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Background on 340B Drug Pricing Program
Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act
The federal 340B Drug Discount Program is a lifeline that allows safety net providers to obtain prescription drugs at below-retail prices. The program was established with bipartisan support as part of the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992.
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
Office of Pharmacy Affairs, located within the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services, administers the 340B program. HRSA and OPA are located in Rockville, MD and are responsible for interpreting and implementing the 340B law.
OPA Information System (OPAIS)
Find 340B covered entities near you. Search the Office of Pharmacy Affairs Database to find Disproportionate Share Hospitals; Federally Qualified Health Centers; Rural Referral Centers; Sole Community Hospitals; Community Health Centers; Hemophilia Treatment Facilities; and Ryan White Clinics that rely on the 340B program.
Myth vs. Fact – 340B Coaltion
There’s a lot of misinformation about the 340B program out there. Get the facts about the intent of the program, who benefits from the 340B program, and why the 340B program is necessary to communities across the country.
Key Acronyms and Terms Related to the 340B Program
340B Health has listed several key acronyms and terms related to the 340B program. This includes government agencies, types of covered entities, legislation, nonprofit organizations, vendors and more.
340B Health is a membership organization of more than 1,300 public and private nonprofit hospitals and health systems in the federal 340B drug pricing program. The organization formed in 1993 to increase the affordability and accessibility of pharmaceutical and clinical care for the nation’s poor and underserved populations.
Ryan White Clinics for 340B Access (RWC-340B) is a coalition of nearly 40 HIV/AIDS medical providers receiving support under the Ryan White CARE Act. RWC-340B was organized in 2013 by a group of providers with one common goal – to preserve the benefits of the 340B program.
Let it B is a 340B advocacy campaign launched by AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The purpose of the campaign is to bolster support for the 340B program and to raise awareness of what is at stake if the 340B program is drastically changed altered.
340B Matters is an online 340B educational and advocacy campaign aimed at protecting the 340B program for all nonprofit healthcare facilities from those that would severely restrict access to the 340B program.
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Sample email to member of Congress
The 340B program helps our community
I’m writing because I’ve learned about the important role that the federal 340B drug discount program plays in supporting public health in our community, and I wanted to be sure you knew, too. First established in 1992 through bipartisan legislation, the federal 340B drug discount program offers a lifeline to the neediest and most underserved patients by requiring pharmaceutical companies to provide drugs at a discounted price to safety net hospitals and clinics like _____________ right here in our community. In turn, _______________ uses its 340B savings to underwrite the cost of serving patients in our community. In fact, that reinvestment in patients and communities is what has made the 340B program so successful. 340B providers can do more with their limited dollars to benefit the communities that they serve. All this is made possible by a program that affects just two percent of all drug sales in the United States, and all without taxpayer expense.
Having learned about this important program, I wanted you to know how important I think it is that hospitals and clinics continue to be allowed to benefit from this program without additional burdens. 340B is a program that is working for us here in our community and for other communities across the country.
Sample letter to the editor (137 words):
To the editor:
With all the recent discussion about rising drug prices, a little-known federal drug pricing program has quietly been working for over 25 years to help our community and communities like ours around the country. The 340B drug discount program, which requires drug companies to provide drugs at a discounted price to safety net hospitals and clinics like __________ here in ____________ who serve the most vulnerable, has enjoyed bipartisan support and, best of all, does not come at taxpayer expense. Some in the drug industry have targeted 340B with exaggerated accusations to distract people from the real causes of rising drug prices—the drug companies themselves. As our lawmakers consider ways to address the high price of drugs for Americans, they would do well to let 340B continue to work for us here in __________ and elsewhere.
- Follow @CV340B, @340BHealth, @Let340B, @340BMatters, @340BFacts, @340BCoalition, @RWC340B
- Retweet and reply to messages that resonate to you. Feel free to @ those messages to your member of Congress!
- Looking for a simple message to tweet? Try something like this:
The 340B drug discount program helps safety net hospitals and clinics provide more comprehensive healthcare to the most needy without taxpayers having to pay for it. You can learn more about this important program, too, by following @CV340B. Our community #thriveswith340B.
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Hosting a 340B event:
- Work with your local CV340B rep to invite representatives from your local 340B covered entities to come to your home to meet members of the community interested in learning more about and supporting their work.
- Invite friends to your house to meet with the representative from CV340B and your local covered entity representatives.
- Print handout materials from CV340B website.
- Set up light refreshments.
- Put out information from CV340B on how your friends can help spread the word about this important program (sample emails, sample letters to the editor, social media).
- Ask guests to take some of these steps, and who would be willing to learn more.
- Work with your local CV340B representative on how to expand this conversation to others.