With the Merger Blocked, T-Mobile Now Disconnecting Jobs

There’s more bad news for T-Mobile in the wake of their failed merger with AT&T—they’ve recently announced they’ll be closing 7 call centers over the course of the next three months, eliminating 1,900 jobs in the process.  You would expect this to mean diminished customer service and longer wait times for consumers looking for tech […]

American Consumer Institute Distributes Compilation of Documents Expressing Concern About ESI/Medco Merger

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2012 American Consumer Institute Distributes Compilation of Documents Expressing Concern about ESI/Medco Merger Organization Urges People to Stand Up for American Consumers by Adding Voice   Washington, D.C. – The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) today released a compilation of documents expressing concern about the […]

An Analysis of Market Power in the PBM Market

Express Scripts and Medco, the two largest pharmacy benefit manager (PBMs), have proposed merging.  PBMs manage prescription drug plans for sponsors (corporations, governments and unions), acting as a middleman between the sponsors, drug manufacturers and pharmacies.  This ConsumerGram analyzes the nature of the market and the potential risks that may result from the merger.  To […]

The Power of Government over Competition

At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, when FCC regulatory chairman Julius Genachowski was asked about the FCC’s opposition to the now nixed AT&T/T-Mobile proposed merger, he replied that this was a “reminder of the benefits and power of competition.”  But his explanation of this point suggests that it is government that creates competition, not […]

ACI Sends Letter to FTC — PBM Merger Will Pose Anticompetitive Risks for Consumers

PDF VERSION IS AVAILABLE HERE — PCPAN_Letter_ACI to FTC   January 11, 2012 Chairman Jon Leibowitz Federal Trade Commission 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20580   Dear Chairman Leibowitz: The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research is strongly opposed to the proposed merger between pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) Express Scripts, Inc. and Medco […]

ESI/Medco Merger Needs a Second Opinion

You may never have heard of them before, but Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) and Medco are two of the most important companies in the United States.  These two corporations are pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), businesses that act as middlemen between the pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies (as well as between drug companies and sponsors of prescription […]

Outdated Merger Regulations Holding Back Competition

The National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and other digital utility groups are fighting for their right to purchase potentially failing competitive local telephone companies to expand their customer and infrastructure base. The failing locals, their employees and their customers are fighting for the right to get purchased before running into the ground.  The only thing […]

Yankee Go Home

A new report on the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile was recently released by the Yankee Group, a research company that advises the mobile marketplace. Using their own data, as well as data from the Department of Justice, Yankee’s report makes a number of claims, including that AT&T’s market share will grow immensely and […]