Latest ConsumerGram: Lowering Drug Prices in Maryland Means Bringing Transparency to PBMs

Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) administer prescription drug plans for sponsors (e.g., employers and insurers), negotiate drug prices with manufacturers, and negotiate reimbursement terms with pharmacies. This ConsumerGram analyzes the structure, conduct and performance of the industry and finds that the lack of transparency in costs and prices leads to anticompetitive risks. The result can mean […]

Real Clear Health: Consumers Deserve More Transparency from High Drug Prices

As the new legislative session begins, Congress should demand increased transparency, require flow-through of manufacturer rebates to lower consumer prices, prohibit clawbacks, and consider giving federal agencies expanded oversight responsibilities to monitor PBMs’ practices. This op-ed explains why.

Inside Sources: Pharmacy Benefit Managers Pad Their Profits at Your Expense

The harmful and anti-competitive business practices that PBMs thrive on are made possible by the industry’s secrecy and lack of transparency. Plan sponsors and beneficiaries should be given more information about how their insurance plans are managed and what rates are negotiated. Pharmacies should be allowed, and even encouraged, to point customers to lower-cost alternatives […]

Wisconsin Medicaid PBM Needs to Do the Right Thing for Patients and Taxpayers

Pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), companies that administer prescription drug plans on behalf of insurers and employers, have recently come under increased scrutiny for the role they play in increasing prescription drug costs. By acting as middlemen in the process of negotiating drug prices between drug manufacturers and health plans, they create “an environment for conflicts […]

You Can Blame Pharmacy Benefit Managers for Higher Drug Prices — Real Clear Health

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) administer prescription drug plans on behalf of insurers and employers. In the process, they negotiate reimbursement terms with pharmacies and drug prices with drug manufacturers. While plan sponsors face the direct financial costs of the prescription plans being offered to its members or employees, PBMs act as middlemen in the process. […]

Pharmacy Benefit Managers: Market Power and Lack of Transparency

Today, the American Consumer Institute published a new educational ConsumerGram on Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and how their market influence and lack of transparency can influence consumer drug pricing. PBMs are virtually unregulated in what is an otherwise regulated health care sector. The ACI analysis of the PBM market highlights several issues surrounding PBM negotiations […]

Real Clear Health — The Middlemen in Higher Drug Prices

A consumer needs a prescription filled and goes to their local pharmacy. The pharmacist asks for your prescription benefits card, does some paperwork, gives you a generic drug and charges you according to your plan’s standard deductible, say $15. That may seem like a typical experience, but what this consumer may not have known is […]

ACI Dispointed With FTC Decision, Urgers Legal Action

ACI Urges Legal Action to Block Mega-PBM Merger Says ESI/Medco Merger Will Increase Health Care Costs and Reduce Competition WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) today expressed disappointment in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decision not to block the merger between Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) and Medco Health Solutions […]

Pociask’s Op-ed In THE HILL’s Congressional Blog

The Solution Can Sometimes Be Worse than the Problem (Published in THE HILL’s Congressional Blog on January 6, 2012 as “FTC should block proposed Express Scripts-Medco merger”  The perfect example of the law of unintended consequences can be found in the 7 million acres from Texas to Washington DC that is covered by Kudzu vines.  […]