With no change in the Part D DIR process in the recently adopted HHS Part D rule, pharmacy is shifting all its focus to Congress for a fix to DIR fees that have increased over 45,000 percent since 2010.
Both your U.S. Senators, Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), as members of the Senate Finance Committee have the power to fix retroactive DIRs. They can do so by working with Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Wyden (D-OR ) to include a bill to move DIRs to point of sale (S. 988, Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act) into a Prescription Drug Pricing bill that the Senate Finance Committee is expected to develop when Congress returns from its July 4th recess.
This is the BEST chance to end retroactive DIRs. Be a part of this FixDIR grassroots campaign over the next few days by:
- Contacting both Senator Portman (by email or calling his main Ohio state office at 614-469-6774) and Senator Brown (by email or calling his main Ohio state office 216-522-7272) and tell each of them to support adding the DIR Fix bill (S.988) to the Senate Finance Committee's version of the Drug Pricing bill it will take up later in July.
- Tell each Senator the fix is needed for your Part D patients and you. Provide examples of where the PBM recouped your entire payment with a retroactive DIR that push your patients into the donut hole and hurt your ability to provide them needed prescriptions.
- Ask each Senator to visit your store during the July 4th break to see how Part D retroactive DIR's adversely impact your patient and your ability to serve them.
Contact Senators Brown and Portman TODAY to Fix DIR.
Questions or Concerns? Contact IPC's Government Relations Team at: Government.Relations@ipcrx.com.