Specialty Drug Legislation Pits Hospitals Against Insurers on State Capitol | Local News

Holmes, who had recently given birth to a second child, was eventually granted a 90-day reprieve which allowed her to complete her treatment at Eau Claire Hospital. But she said the ordeal, which may involve going elsewhere for treatment, was stressful.

“It was scary, frustrating and honestly unfair,” said Holmes, who supporters dubbed the bill “Koreen’s Law.”

Willard Walker, CEO of Clintonville-based Walker Forge, a 350-employee manufacturer, said “white-bagging,” or what he called “alternative sourcing,” has enabled the company to saved $170,000 in drug costs last year with no reported issues.

“Alternative sourcing has been an important tool for us, and we’ve been able to use it very successfully with no downtime, no disruption, no delay,” Walker said.

Hannet Ambord, director of pharmacy at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center, said the ‘white bag’ has led some patients to switch to less ideal drugs so they can continue to be treated in the hospital or quit. treatments due to the frustration of repeated delays in drug delivery.

“As we continue to disrupt patient-provider relationships, our patients are suffering,” Ambord said.

Rachel Ver Velde, director of labor, education and employment policy at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, pointed to a study carried out for drug manufacturers which revealed that most hospitals charge patients and insurers more than double the cost of acquiring drugs.

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