The 340B program is a Drug Pricing Program established by the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992, which is Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA). Section 340B limits the cost of covered outpatient drugs to certain federal grantees, federally-qualified health center look-alikes, and qualified hospitals. These providers purchase, dispense and/or administer pharmaceuticals at significantly discounted prices. The significant discount applied to the cost of these drugs makes these drugs ineligible for the Medicaid drug rebate. State Medicaid programs are mandated to ensure that rebates are not claimed on these drugs thereby preventing duplicate discounts for these drugs.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is specifically responsible for the enforcement of covered entity compliance with the duplicate discount prohibition. More information regarding eligibility and program logistics can be found on HRSA’s website at www.hrsa.gov/opa.