Top Lawmakers Call for GPO Investigation
Friday, November 16, 2012
In light of the recent meningitis outbreak, top lawmakers including
ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Congressman
Henry Waxman and Co-Chair of the House MedTech Caucus Congresswoman Anna
Eshoo have called for an investigation into Group Purchasing
Organizations (GPOs) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Members are concerned that GPO contracting practices are causing drug
shortages and other impediments to the health care delivery system.
Added attention to GPOs was raised in light of the compounding pharmacy
that has been linked with meningitis outbreaks resulting in 32 deaths
and another 461 cases where patients were sickened. Specifically, the
Members are asking the GAO to examine whether "the competitive and
budgetary impacts on both hospitals and the Medicare program that could
result from eliminating the GPO safe harbor exemption from the Medicare
MDMA will closely monitor the progress of this investigation and
continues to work with Members of Congress to remove the hurdles GPOs
create for innovative medical technologies to enter the marketplace and
improve patient care.
The Members' GAO request can be viewed by clicking here.