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Express Scripts ramps up lobbying to $430K in 3Q

Thu, 11/18/2010 - 11:45am
The Associated Press

Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc. spent $430,000 in the third quarter lobbying the federal government on issues including prescription drug prices and federal health care programs.

Express Scripts said its lobbying interests included the drug prices and reimbursement rates, prescription drug benefits for the Tricare military health insurance program, the pharmacy benefit program of the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan, and health care law changes that affect the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. It also discussed antitrust issues and the regulatory pathway for generic versions of drugs.

The St. Louis company ramped up its lobbying spending by more than 50 percent from the third quarter of 2009, but it spent similar amounts in the first two quarters of 2010.

Express Scripts said it lobbied Congress, the White House Office, the Department of Defense, the Federal Trade Commission, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Congressional Budget Office and the Food and Drug Administration. It disclosed its activities in a form filed Oct. 19 with the House clerk's office.

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