Chapter 18 [PDF] of Title 22 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), entitled “Prescription Drug Marketing Costs” requires manufacturers and labelers of prescription drugs dispensed in the District who engage in marketing in the District of Columbia (“District”) to report to the Department of Health (“Department”) their costs for pharmaceutical drug marketing in the District. Those regulations are consistent with Title III of the AccessRx Act of 2004 [PDF]. Each manufacturer or labeler is required to report their prescription drug marketing costs in an annual report filed with DC Health on or before July 1 of each year.
The AccessRx Program releases two annual reports, (1) Expenditures Report and (2) Impacts Report. The Expenditures Report presents annual pharmaceutical marketing expenditures in the District of Columbia, using data on gifts (to health care providers and entities), advertising, and detailing expenses. The Impacts Report considers how pharmaceutical marketing may affect health and healthcare in the District of Columbia.
Manufacturer Submission Information
Companies that have filed reports in past years should use the Microsoft Excel file published below as changes and updates are made to the worksheet each year.
The Company Information, Gift Expenses, Advertising Expenses, and Aggregate Cost worksheets should be filled out completely according to the instructions, and the workbook submitted electronically in Excel format to [email protected]
In addition, the Company Information worksheet should be printed and sent to DC Health at the mailing address below, along with a $5,000 filing fee. This annual fee is to be paid by each manufacturer or labeler who files the required annual report. The filing fee is payable exclusively by check, and checks are to be made payable to the DC Treasurer.
- The 2021 Prescription Drug Marketing Costs Workbook contains four Excel worksheets that the company must fill out: Company Information, Gift Expenses, Advertising Expenses, and Aggregate Cost. Complete instructions for filling out these forms are available in the PDF document and also in the fifth worksheet of the Excel document.
- Instructions for Drug Manufacturers and Labelers [PDF]
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) [PDF]