Threat to DC pharmacy renews debate over benefit managers


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"It is because of this incident and other concerns with CVS Caremark and other PBMs that we are supporting current federal legislation to create greater transparency and level the playing field," John Norton, public relations manager for the National Community Pharmacists Association, said in an e-mail.

Pharmacy benefit managers say they keep costs low by negotiating low drug prices and getting people on generics.

The antitrust bill, introduced by Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. And Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersPaul Ryan: ‘Beautiful day’ to catch up with Bono Bono signs card for Scalise during Capitol Hill visit The Hill's Latina Leaders to Watch MORE's (R-Wash.) "Pharmacy Competition and Consumer Choice Act" has bipartisan support in the Senate, with Sens. Mark PryorMark PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.) and Jerry MoranJerry MoranProposal to privatize air traffic control struggles to win over critics Senate panel to reject Trump’s air traffic control plan in aviation bill Senate panel readies must-pass aviation bill MORE (R-Kan.) signing on.