§5-16C-4. Authorization to execute prescription drug purchasing agreements.
(a) The director may execute, subject to the provisions of subsections (b), (c) and (d) of this section and as permitted by applicable federal law, prescription drug purchasing agreements with:

(1) All departments, agencies, authorities, institutions, programs, quasipublic corporations and political subdivisions of this state, including, but not limited to, the children's health insurance program, the division of corrections, the division of juvenile services, the regional jail and correctional facility authority, the workers' compensation fund, state colleges and universities, public hospitals, state or local institutions such as nursing homes, veterans' homes, the division of rehabilitation, public health departments and the bureau of medical services: Provided, That any contract or agreement executed with or on behalf of the bureau of medical services shall contain all necessary provisions to comply with the provisions of Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §1396 et seq., dealing with pharmacy services offered to recipients under the medical assistance plan of West Virginia;

(2) Governments of other states and jurisdictions and their individual departments, agencies, authorities, institutions, programs, quasipublic corporations and political subdivisions;

(3) Regional or multistate purchasing alliances or consortia, formed for the purpose of pooling the combined purchasing power of the individual members in order to increase bargaining power; and

(4) Arrangements with entities in the private sector, including self-funded benefit plans, toward combined purchasing of health care services, health care management services, pharmacy benefits management services or pharmaceutical products: Provided, That no private entity may be compelled to participate in the prescription drug purchasing pool: Provided, however, That the director may not execute a contract with a private entity without further enactment of the Legislature specifically authorizing the agreement.

(b) The finance board shall approve each agreement before it is executed by the director and the director may not execute any agreement not approved by the finance board.

(c) The finance board may not approve and the director may not execute any agreement that does not effectively and efficiently manage rising drug costs on behalf of the parties to the agreement.

(d) The finance board may not approve and the director may not execute any agreement that grants the state's credit for the purchase of prescription drugs by any entity other than this state.