H.R.4792 - Pharmaceutical Market Access Act of 2006

To fix the Medicare Part D prescription drug program by requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate fair prices for prescription drugs on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries, to further reduce drug costs to consumers by allowing the importation of prescription drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, to provide seniors with adequate time to consider their options under Medicare part D by extending the 2006 Medicare prescription drug enrollment period through December 31, 2006, without penalty, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Short: Pharmaceutical Market Access Act of 2006 as introduced.
  • Short: Fix Medicare Part D Act as introduced.
  • Official: To fix the Medicare Part D prescription drug program by requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate fair prices for prescription drugs on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries, to further reduce drug costs to consumers by allowing the importation of prescription drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, to provide seniors with adequate time to consider their options under Medicare part D by extending the 2006 Medicare prescription drug enrollment period through December 31, 2006, without penalty, and for other purposes. as introduced.

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Fix Medicare Part D Act - Amends part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program) of title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to repeal provisions prohibiting the Secretary of Health and Human Services from interfering with negotiations between drug manufacturers and pharmacies

Official Summary

Fix Medicare Part D Act - Amends part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program) of title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to repeal provisions prohibiting the Secretary of Health and Human Services from interfering with negotiations between drug manufacturers and pharmacies and prescription drug plan sponsors. Requires the Secretary to negotiate contracts with manufacturers of covered part D drugs to purchase prescription drugs in order to ensure that beneficiaries under Medicare prescription drug plans pay the lowest possible price. Pharmaceutical Market Access Act of 2006 - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the Secretary to promulgate regulations permitting pharmacists, pharmacies, wholesalers, and individuals to import qualifying drugs from certain countries into the United States. Deems a prescription drug to be misbranded unless the packaging of such drug complies with the requirements for counterfeit-resistant technologies. Prohibits:
(1) failing to register in accordance with this Act; and
(2) importing or offering to import a prescription drug in violation of a suspension order. Declares that selling or importing a patented drug in the United States that was first sold abroad by or under authority of the owner or licensee of the patent is not patent infringement. Prohibits drug manufacturers from discriminating against a person that engages in the importation of a prescription drug, including by charging higher prices or denying supplies of the drug. Extends the 2006 annual coordinated election period for enrollment in a Medicare prescription drug plan until November 14, 2006. Suspends until after December 2006 any penalties for late enrollment in such a plan.

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