Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. said it spent $380,000 in the first quarter as it lobbied Congress and federal agencies on issues related to health care reform, drug reimbursement and other issues.
That's up from the $250,000 it spent on lobbying in the year-ago period and the $350,000 spent in the 2009 fourth quarter.
The St. Louis-based company is the second-largest pharmacy benefits manager in the U.S., after Medco Health Solutions. Its lobbying interests included elements of the health care overhaul law, such as changes to the Medicare Part D drug benefit, regulatory approval for generic versions of biotech drugs, and disclosure rules for pharmacy benefits managers. It also discussed the military's Tricare health plan, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan, and economic stimulus funding.
Express Scripts lobbied Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services, and the White House Office. It disclosed its lobbying in a form filed April 19 with the House clerk's office.