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 RodgersTransforming VA care: A way forward Dozens of GOP lawmakers staying away from Trump's convention GOP House leaders tout health, poverty solutions MORE's (R-Wash.) "Pharmacy Competition and Consumer Choice Act" has bipartisan support in the Senate, with Sens. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.) and Jerry MoranJerry MoranMeet the rising GOP star who already enrages the left GOP warming up to Cuba travel Senate clears FAA authorization bill MORE (R-Kan.) signing on.