Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: S. 1227, Prescription Pricing for the People Act of 2019   [open pdf - 33KB]

From the Document: "S. 1227 would require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to study whether anticompetitive practices exist within the pharmaceutical supply chain, especially as carried out by pharmacy benefit managers or intermediaries. Under the bill, the FTC would research potential legal or regulatory barriers to effective enforcement and identify methods that payers and companies use to assess the costs and benefits of contracting with intermediaries. In addition, the FTC would be required to formulate policy or legislative recommendations to deter anticompetitive behavior. [...] Using information from the FTC about similar activities, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that about 11 employees, including attorneys, economists, research analysts, and paralegals, would be needed to complete the work. Although the cost would vary by position, CBO estimates that, on average, the cost per employee would be $175,000 and that implementing the bill would cost about $2 million over the next two years; any spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds."

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