There are More Independent Pharmacies, Just Look at Real, Accurate Data

I’m not a lobbyist, I’m a researcher. But working for the trade association representing PBMs, it’s hard not to notice that the National Community Pharmacists Association, NCPA, repeatedly asserts that independent pharmacy counts are declining. PCMA has done research on this issue, and found an increase in the number of independent pharmacies. Now, we’re going…

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Mandating Pharmacy Reimbursement Will Increase Prescription Drug Spending

Paying pharmacies more for dispensing medications will raise prescription drug costs without improving value. A lot goes on behind the scenes when a patient picks up their prescription from the pharmacy. One important component is the compensation a pharmacy receives from a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) for dispensing a drug to a patient, typically reimbursement for the cost of the medication…

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Biosimilars Versus Biologics – How About Both?

Continuing the theme from our previous blog on the benefits of competition among prescription drugs, we now turn to another type of competition: the role of biosimilars in lowering the escalating prices of biologic drugs. Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are using the availability of alternatives, both biosimilars and their reference biologics, as part of an…

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The Upside of More Drugs: How Competition Among Brand-Name Drugs Works for Patients

PBMs leverage competition between drugs to create savings for patients.

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“Patent Thickets” are Anti-Competitive and Lead to Higher Drug Costs

This week the House Committee on Oversight and Reform is holding a hearing titled “Unsustainable Drug Prices,” the third such hearing from the committee, which appears to be focused on patent abuses. Clearly, there’s no better time to take a deeper dive into brand drug patent thickets. What is a patent thicket? Even for a…

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Clearing the Air: World Asthma Day

May is Asthma Awareness Month, and today – May 5 – is World Asthma Day. Because I work in the world of statistics, it’s important for me to think about Asthma Day in the context of data. According to the CDC, 25 million Americans have asthma, or 1 in every 13 people; a number that…

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The Highly Competitive PBM Marketplace

The American health care system is evolving to meet the rapid advances in medical technology and the rising expectations of patients. The explosive demand for high-quality health care, in turn, drives the demand for organizations that are cost-effective, efficient, and provide consumer-friendly clinical and administrative services. With respect to prescription drugs, these organizations are pharmacy…

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Introduction to the PCMA Rx Research Corner

When you read a new study or see an interesting data point, have you ever asked yourself: “How did the authors reach that conclusion?” Or, “How can I think about this within a broader context?” And probably the most important question of all: “Why should I care about this?” I am Amanda Frost, Assistant Vice President…

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Medium: 12 Ways Pharmacy Benefit Managers Are Helping Patients Access COVID-19 Vaccines

We stand at a promising moment in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines are becoming more widely available as states are opening vaccination appointments to broader categories of a greater number of individuals. Mass vaccination sites are opening, pharmacies are working on the front lines to create even more vaccination locations, and America is…

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