Prescription Drug Price Disclosure Program

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Program Overview

In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2536, relating to drug cost transparency. HB 2536 added new Chapter 441, Drug Cost Transparency, to the Texas Health and Safety Code. Chapter 441 requires pharmaceutical drug manufacturers to report to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) the current wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) of U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs sold in or into Texas. Pharmaceutical drug manufacturers also are required to separately report specific information related to WAC increases. Drug cost information will be available to the public on this website.

The Prescription Drug Price Disclosure Program (formerly called Drug Cost Transparency Program) has been moved from the Health and Human Services to the Texas Department of State Health Services beginning Sept. 1, 2021.

In 2021, the 87th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1033 relating to prescription drug price disclosure. The bill amended Health and Safety Code, Chapter 441, entitled Drug Cost Transparency. Changes included transfer of the program to the Department of State Health Services, promulgation of rules, changes to the required submission of data, establishment of a fee and procedures for administrative penalties.

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