Spectrum News 13
July 23, 2019
PBMs: have you heard of them? If not, you’re not alone, but they do factor into your prescription drug costs.
They’re essentially a “middle man” between drug makers, health care plans, and patients, negotiating the prices most of us pay for prescription drugs.
n the last two years, health insurance companies, which set deductibles and co-pays, have bought up the three main PBMs: Express Scripts, CVS Caremark, and Optum RX.
A number of independent pharmacies have told Spectrum News they are now losing business and revenue because of PBMs, including Five Points Pharmacy in Cocoa, a pharmacy that has been welcoming customers since 1958.
Louella McCormick Edwards started coming to 5 Points Pharmacy with her mother. But now, Edwards says most of her family can no longer get their medication filled at 5 Points after their health plans dropped the pharmacy from their networks. Continue Reading