Opposition to drug benefit merger heats up

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Proponents say patients and taxpayers stand to gain as pharmacy benefit managers force pharmacies and other drug distributors to become more efficient. 

The decision lies with the FTC, but lawmakers can bring up politically weighty concerns.

Faced with push-back from lawmakers with powerful pharmacy interests in their districts, Express Scripts has recently hired The Mathis Group and former top House Judiciary staffer Joseph Gibson to lobby on behalf of the merger.

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