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  • House Unanimously Approves Carter Opioid Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2018 | Preview rr
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    The United States House of Representatives unanimously approved three bills today introduced by Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) as part of his ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Carter is the only pharmacist currently serving in the U.S. Congress. "We are losing 115 Americans a day from an opioid overdose," said Carter. "We cannot sit idly by as this epidemic takes more parents, sons, daughters, friends and neighbors. It is plaguing our nation and no community is safe. The... Read more

  • Carter Introduces Legislation to Increase Transparency and Improve 340B Drug Discount Program for Patients
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2018 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) introduced legislation today to increase transparency and improve the 340B drug discount program for patients. The 340B drug discount program was created by Congress to provide front-end discounts on covered outpatient drugs purchased by specified providers, including some hospitals, that serve vulnerable patient populations. For certain hospitals, 340B eligibility is determined partially by their Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) status, a... Read more

  • Carter Introduces Legislation to Remove Barriers to Abuse Deterrent Opioids
    Posted in Press Releases on April 23, 2018 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) introduced legislation today to remove barriers to abuse deterrent opioids. Abuse deterrent formulations (ADFs) represent a breakthrough technology that helps prevent the crushing, snorting, and injection of painkillers. Currently, many prescription drug plans present access barriers for chronic pain patients to ADFs including cost-sharing tiers, fail-first requirements, and prior authorization requirements. Instead of receiving ADFs, often patients are... Read more

  • Carter Introduces Legislation to Ensure Patients Have Access to Most Affordable Prescription Options
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2018 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) introduced bipartisan legislation today to ensure pharmacists are able to advise patients when there may be a better, more affordable out-of-pocket alternative to what is covered by their insurance plan. Currently, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM) are able to include requirements in contracts that prevent pharmacists from providing advice to their patients on the best and cheapest out-of-pocket alternatives to medications covered under insurance. This is... Read more

  • Carter Praises Health Care Executive Order
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) today praised President Trump's Executive Order to improve access, increase choices, and lower costs for health care. "Thanks to dysfunction in the Senate, Congress has not been able to deliver on our promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered system." said Carter. "While I would have preferred these moves come from Congress, I am grateful President Trump acted today to deliver relief to Americans suffering under Obamacare. This E... Read more

  • Carter Statement on Senate Obamacare Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) released the following statement after the United States Senate failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare: "I have been frustrated with Washington since the first afternoon I arrived here. Unfortunately, that frustration has hit a new high with the Senate's failure to act. The House came together to pass legislation that would make health care more accessible and affordable. Instead of accepting the offer from the House to come together... Read more

  • Carter Calls for Obamacare Repeal Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01), a member of the Health Subcommittee on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement today calling for a vote on the repeal of Obamacare: "The games have gone on for too long. While I am proud of the legislation we passed in the House to repeal and replace Obamacare, it’s clear it does not have the necessary votes in the Senate. We cannot afford to let Washington gridlock derail our efforts and fail the American people. “Tod... Read more

  • Carter Leads Bipartisan Effort Urging FDA to Allow for Office-Use Drug Compounding in Pharmacies
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Today, Representatives Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Georgia) and Chris Stewart (R-Utah) led a bipartisan group of 65 Members of Congress urging the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to rescind their decision that restricts state-licensed pharmacies from compounding prescription drugs for health care providers to use in their offices. Drug compounding is used to prepare personalized prescriptions for patients or for physicians to use for procedures in their offices. Compounding pharmacists can combi... Read more

  • Carter Statement on CBO Score of the American Health Care Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2017 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA): “One of the many reasons Obamacare failed is that it focused on forcing Americans into coverage they did not want and could not afford. Our plan instead is designed to empower Americans to access quality, affordable, and patient-centered health care and the CBO report released today confirms it will deliver this relie... Read more

  • Congress Sends Bill to Combat Opioid Abuse to the President's Desk
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    This week, Congress sent legislation crafted by a House-Senate Conference Committee to combat opioid abuse and addiction to the president's desk to be signed into law. As a member of the Conference Committee, Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) played an integral role in creation of the legislation. "As the only pharmacist in Congress, I am grateful to have been a member of this Conference Committee to provide real solutions to the opioid epidemic plaguing our nation,"said Carter. "The a... Read more