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Abdie Santiago

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Abdie represents life sciences and health care companies in a broad spectrum of regulatory, fraud and abuse, and transactional matters. He has experience advising clients on government drug pricing requirements, proposed federal and state drug pricing laws, and Medicare and Medicaid coverage requirements. He also regularly handles due diligence and licensure analyses for health care practice transactions and assists clients with Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act investigations brought by the government.

Prior to joining Mintz, Abdie was an associate at a multinational law firm, where he handled regulatory and transactional matters for health care and pharmaceutical clients.

Abdie also maintains an active pro-bono practice, which has included working on legal issues involving compensation for veterans and immigration.

While earning his JD, Abdie served as a senior editor for the Stanford Law & Policy Review and as co-president of the Stanford Latinx Law Students Association. He also participated in the Youth and Education Law Project for the Mills Legal Clinic. In addition, he served as a government affairs intern for the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. In that role, he conducted research on legislation, including in connection with the government of Puerto Rico’s pursuit of expanded federal health care programs for the territory.

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In ‘Third Edition: Q2 2024’ of the Mintz IRA Update, we cover updates to the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program being considered by CMS, developments in litigation challenging the program, the consequences and costs of redesigning the Part D program, opposition to the use of march-in rights to lower drug prices, and the growing use of state prescription drug affordability boards.

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On April 18, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Final Rule for its oft-criticized 340B Administrative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program (2024 Final Rule).

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Mintz is pleased to present its quarterly publication, PBM Policy and Legislative Update. This edition builds upon prior issues and summarizes activity from October through December 2023 that affects the PBM industry and will specifically highlight (i) federal legislative and enforcement updates, (ii) state legislative updates and litigation, (iii) other industry news, and (iv) Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) updates.

 

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The government’s continued dedication of resources to investigating and prosecuting fraud against COVID-19 pandemic relief programs appears to have borne fruit according to the results of the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s (CFETF) report released on April 9, 2024. The CFETF, which represents a concerted effort across numerous federal agencies to investigate pandemic-related fraud, has, according to its 2024 report, succeeded in prosecuting over 3,500 defendants in criminal enforcement matters, in bringing civil enforcement actions resulting in more than 400 civil settlements and judgments, and in securing more than $1.4 billion in seizures and forfeitures. The report itself is a showcase of the CFETF’s COVID-19 fraud enforcement efforts to date.

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Read about the Biden administration’s backing of draft guidance to government agencies weighing the enforcement of march-in rights, which can allow federal agencies to require patent licenses to be given to third parties if a product was developed or conceived with federal funding assistance.

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In this edition of the Mintz IRA Update, we cover the status of the negotiations underway between CMS and manufacturers pursuant to the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program and current legal challenges to the program, other drug pricing–related IRA initiatives, the IRA’s small biotech exemption, implications associated with removing the average manufacturer price cap on Medicaid rebates, and the Biden administration’s proposed draft guidance on patent “march-in” rights.

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Read about how the removal of the average manufacturer price (AMP) cap on Medicaid rebates prompted manufacturers to cut insulin prices to avoid significant payments to Medicaid.

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Read about the small biotech exception exempting certain drugs from the  Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program for the years 2026, 2027, and 2028.

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A Virginia Federal Judge recently rejected a challenge to a negative Advisory Opinion issued by the Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) that disapproved of a proposal where certain pharmaceutical manufacturers would fund financial assistance for the manufacturers’ Part D oncology drugs. The Advisory Opinion was requested by the Pharmaceutical Coalition for Patient Access (PCPA), which is a charitable organization formed and fully funded by pharmaceutical manufacturers of oncology drugs. Subsequently, PCPA brought the lawsuit alleging that the negative Advisory Opinion violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). 

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