Tag Archives: pharmacy benefit managers

Obama Administration Halts Attack on Medicare Drug Plans

In an abrupt about-face, the Obama administration halted its ill-timed effort to launch an overhaul of the Medicare Part D program and announced it would not pursue changes in some key rules as proposed earlier this year. CMS had issued a proposed rule January 10 to drop “protected” class status for antidepressants and immunosuppressants in […]
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The Rx Industry, PBMs, and Obamacare

By Tom Norton A significant, though as yet not fully understood player in the launch of Obamacare is the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) industry.  This uncertainty, due in part to the current Obamacare IT chaos, has more than a few Rx leaders worrying about how the PBMs tied to insurers in the program will end […]
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Those Amazing 'Gold Plated, Cadillac Care' Drug Programs

by Tom Norton Not too many years ago, while employed by one of America’s leading Rx manufacturers, I remember stepping up to a retail drug store counter to pick up a prescription.  As the pharmacist handed me my script, he said, “Wow.  I don’t know what kind of health insurance you have, but I have […]
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Pharmacists: The Other White Coats

Patients in search of face time with a healthcare provider are stopping into their local drugstores, where consultations are free and the wait time is shorter. Pharmacists are in a unique position, too, to move the needle on drug adherence.
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Cat Fight on Co-Pay Offsets

Suing for the Drug Company Suet Pharm Exec is no fortune teller, but our guest author Mason Tenaglia was positively clairvoyant in his January feature on the tussle between pharmacy benefit managers [PBMs] and brand name drug manufacturers over the use of co-pay and discount cards to limit out-of-pocket costs for patients. As predicted, the […]
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