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 RodgersInternet group rolls out new political fundraising tool GOP talking security for ObamaCare protests: report Republican lawmakers face rising anger at town halls 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 MoranVerizon, Yahoo slash merger deal by 0M over data breaches Verizon angling to lower price of Yahoo purchase: report Microsoft president calls for ‘digital Geneva Convention’ MORE (R-Kan.) signing on.