ORS 414.312¹
Oregon Prescription Drug Program

(1) As used in ORS 414.312 (Oregon Prescription Drug Program) to 414.318 (Prescription Drug Purchasing Fund):

(a) “Pharmacy benefit manager” means an entity that negotiates and executes contracts with pharmacies, manages preferred drug lists, negotiates rebates with prescription drug manufacturers and serves as an intermediary between the Oregon Prescription Drug Program, prescription drug manufacturers and pharmacies.

(b) “Prescription drug claims processor” means an entity that processes and pays prescription drug claims, adjudicates pharmacy claims, transmits prescription drug prices and claims data between pharmacies and the Oregon Prescription Drug Program and processes related payments to pharmacies.

(c) “Program price” means the reimbursement rates and prescription drug prices established by the administrator of the Oregon Prescription Drug Program.

(2) The Oregon Prescription Drug Program is established in the Oregon Health Authority. The purpose of the program is to:

(a) Purchase prescription drugs, replenish prescription drugs dispensed or reimburse pharmacies for prescription drugs in order to receive discounted prices and rebates;

(b) Make prescription drugs available at the lowest possible cost to participants in the program as a means to promote health;

(c) Maintain a list of prescription drugs recommended as the most effective prescription drugs available at the best possible prices; and

(d) Promote health through the purchase and provision of discount prescription drugs and coordination of comprehensive prescription benefit services for eligible entities and members.

(3) The Director of the Oregon Health Authority shall appoint an administrator of the Oregon Prescription Drug Program. The administrator may:

(a) Negotiate price discounts and rebates on prescription drugs with prescription drug manufacturers or group purchasing organizations;

(b) Purchase prescription drugs on behalf of individuals and entities that participate in the program;

(c) Contract with a prescription drug claims processor to adjudicate pharmacy claims and transmit program prices to pharmacies;

(d) Determine program prices and reimburse or replenish pharmacies for prescription drugs dispensed or transferred;

(e) Adopt and implement a preferred drug list for the program;

(f) Develop a system for allocating and distributing the operational costs of the program and any rebates obtained to participants of the program; and

(g) Cooperate with other states or regional consortia in the bulk purchase of prescription drugs.

(4) The following individuals or entities may participate in the program:

(a) Public Employees’ Benefit Board, Oregon Educators Benefit Board and Public Employees Retirement System;

(b) Local governments as defined in ORS 174.116 (“Local government” and “local service district” defined) and special government bodies as defined in ORS 174.117 (“Special government body” defined) that directly or indirectly purchase prescription drugs;

(c) Oregon Health and Science University established under ORS 353.020 (Oregon Health and Science University as public corporation);

(d) State agencies that directly or indirectly purchase prescription drugs, including agencies that dispense prescription drugs directly to persons in state-operated facilities;

(e) Residents of this state who lack or are underinsured for prescription drug coverage;

(f) Private entities; and

(g) Labor organizations.

(5) The administrator may establish different program prices for pharmacies in rural areas to maintain statewide access to the program.

(6) The administrator may establish the terms and conditions for a pharmacy to enroll in the program. A licensed pharmacy that is willing to accept the terms and conditions established by the administrator may apply to enroll in the program.

(7) Except as provided in subsection (8) of this section, the administrator may not:

(a) Contract with a pharmacy benefit manager;

(b) Establish a state-managed wholesale or retail drug distribution or dispensing system; or

(c) Require pharmacies to maintain or allocate separate inventories for prescription drugs dispensed through the program.

(8) The administrator shall contract with one or more entities to perform any of the functions of the program, including but not limited to:

(a) Contracting with a pharmacy benefit manager and directly or indirectly with such pharmacy networks as the administrator considers necessary to maintain statewide access to the program.

(b) Negotiating with prescription drug manufacturers on behalf of the administrator.

(9) Notwithstanding subsection (4)(e) of this section, individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage may participate in the program.

(10) The program may contract with vendors as necessary to utilize discount purchasing programs, including but not limited to group purchasing organizations established to meet the criteria of the Nonprofit Institutions Act, 15 U.S.C. 13c, or that are exempt under the Robinson-Patman Act, 15 U.S.C. 13. [2003 c.714 §1; 2007 c.2 §1; 2007 c.67 §1; 2007 c.697 §17; 2009 c.263 §2; 2009 c.466 §1; 2009 c.595 §291; 2011 c.720 §136; 2013 c.14 §6; 2015 c.551 §1]

Note: 414.312 (Oregon Prescription Drug Program) to 414.320 (Rules) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 414 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 414—Medical Assistance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors414.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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