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Sun Jun 17, 2018, 09:12 AM

"Cost cutting" middlemen reap millions via drug pricing, data shows

From the ongoing series about drug prices from the Columbus Dispatch.

"A middleman company hired to keep the state's prescription-drug prices in check for Ohioans on Medicaid is receiving millions in taxpayer money meant to provide medications for the poor and disabled.

Records of transactions provided to The Dispatch from 40 pharmacies across Ohio show that CVS Caremark routinely billed the state for drugs at a far higher amount than it paid pharmacies to fill the prescriptions. The state-sanctioned practice, known as "spread pricing," allows the middlemen, called pharmacy benefit managers, to keep the difference on medications used to treat health concerns ranging from mental illness to osteoporosis.

"PBMs have been fighting transparency, accountability and fiduciary obligations for years, and now I think we know why," said Antonio Ciaccia, a lobbyist for the Ohio Pharmacists Association. "PBMs criticize drug companies for inflating their prices. Here it seems they are the ones inflating prices."


It's so complicated!

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Sun Jun 17, 2018, 10:15 AM

1. Outlawing round the clock advertising on the TV

And giving away goodies we pay for to doctors and their staff like free meals , trips, and golfing trips for seminars, is where a lot of costs are going to make their drug prices go up for us. Also preventing generic drugs from reaching the market helps keep prices higher, which the gop and trump are behind doing. Under W he did that stuff to and drug prices rose 400%.

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