Let community pharmacies compete as preferred providers

While most merchants decide on their own what to charge consumers, prices are dictated to small business independent community pharmacies and beneficiaries in the Medicare Part D drug benefit by take-it-or-leave-it contracts that pharmacies must sign with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), multi-billion dollar middlemen between the pharmacist and the health plan.


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Wrong prescription for drug competition

For a health care market to work you need consumer choice, transparency and a lack of conflicts of interest. When it comes to Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), the intermediaries that manage drug benefits, each of these elements is missing and ultimately consumers suffer from less choice and higher costs.


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Regulators shouldn't undermine preferred pharmacies

Medicare Part D is the rare program that is affordable for both consumers and the federal government. Preferred pharmacy networks, which reduce costs, are a key contributor to the program’s overall success as these networks sift out drugstores that demand higher rates than nearby competitors.