According to the National Community Pharmacists' Association (NCPA), pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) have a non-transparent business model that can add hidden costs and lead to higher prices in prescription drugs. Did you know that PBMs are not currently regulated by the state and sometimes take advantage b billing health plans more for prescription drugs than the local pharmacist even charges? This allows them to make a higher profit! Check out the Tampa Bay times article below to find out how House Bill 351 is trying to ensure PBMs are operating transparently with patients. Ask students: as a consumer, how does this impact your spending decisions? How could this impact patients? What effects could this create in terms of benefit packages?
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.