The U.S. operations of Germany-based pharmaceutical giant Bayer has engaged government relation firm Forbes-Tate Partners to communicate health issues on Capitol Hill.
Bayer’s U.S. unit has specifically retained FTP to discuss issues related to 340B, the federal drug pricing program that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs at discounted rates to eligible healthcare organizations and various “covered entities” serving the country’s most vulnerable patient populations.
A five-person team handles the Bayer account, including founding partner Jeff Forbes, who formerly served as chief of staff to former Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), staff director to the Senate Finance Committee and deputy political director to President Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign. He’ll be joined by Libby Greer, former chief of staff to Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL); Derrick White, former deputy communications director to former U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT); Francesca McCrary, former legislative assistant to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); and Zach Williams, who worked as a top advisor in then-Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley’s 2006 campaign for Alabama Governor.
Forbes-Tate is the bipartisan public affairs consultancy previously known as Cauthen, Forbes & Williams.