The State of Prescription Drug Pricing Reform: Are States Leading the Way for the US?

ACPE UAN #:  0233-0000-20-036-H04-P

Release Date:  October 22, 2020

Expiration Date:   October 22, 2023

Activity Type:    Knowledge-based

Contact Hours:   1

Activity Fee:  Member:  $15        Non-Member:  $30

Target Audience: Pharmacists who practice in managed care settings.

Activity Description

Debates from Washington, D.C. frequently drown out changes happening in state capitals. This is true for drug pricing as well. As Congress continues to debate reform of the Medicare Part D benefit and potential changes to payment for physician-administered drugs covered under Medicare Part B, state legislatures have been quietly implementing policies aimed at prescription drug prices. How much do you know about what is going on in your state? What about the other 49 states? And did you know that some of these changes are bigger than Medicaid? This session is designed to give you an overview of the major policies under consideration and help you understand how those policies are impacting prescription drug prices and access.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain the role of states in prescription drug spending and prescription drug pricing reform.
  2. Describe historical efforts at the state level to control prescription drug spending and why the tools may no longer be effective.
  3. Summarize major actions implemented by states in recent years to address spending on prescription drugs.

Schedule of Educational Activity:

This activity consists of an audio recording, pre-test assessment questions (not required to pass to continue), post-test questions (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher), and a specific activity evaluation. 

Accreditation Statement:

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education

As an accredited provider, AMCP strictly adheres to the ACPE Standards for Commercial Support and other relevant guidelines and standards to ensure the independence of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities.  AMCP intends that all CPE activities be independent, objective, balanced, evidence-based, and free of any commercial bias.

CPE Requirements:   

Participants should claim CPE credit for this home study activity only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at AMCP Nexus 2020 Virtual.


CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor.  Please allow 72 hours for processing and posting in your National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) e-Profile account.

To receive credit for a home study activity you must:

  • Review the full content of the home study activity.
  • Complete the post-test and achieve a score of 70% or higher.
  • Complete a specific activity evaluation.

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Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-0000-20-036-H04-P 1 Contact Hour October 22, 2020 - October 22, 2023