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International Pricing Index Model (IPI) Proposal Fails in Ohio

posted: September 4, 2019

In May, a proposal was made to the budget bill under consideration by the legislature which included an amendment to put the International Pricing Index (IPI) model in state law. OAR holds that mandating implementation of price-control concepts like the IPI into Ohio’s Medicaid program for Part B drugs will lead to a reduction in access to medications for patients and stifle much-needed prescription drug research and innovation. OAR does not support random adoption of an unproven, foreign-based price control mechanism for Ohio’s Medicaid program. OAR took action by sending letters to OH State Senators who were tasked with considering the proposal before a vote. As a result of the opposition expressed for the proposal, the IPI language was removed from the state budget before its final passage.