Jackie Toledo plans to tackle prescription drug prices by regulating the middleman

Florida Politics

December 9, 2019

Rep. Jackie Toledo plans to file legislation this week that would lower prescription drug prices for some consumers and protect small pharmacy owners by regulating what are known as pharmacy benefit managers.

Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, serve as middlemen between pharmacies and health insurance companies to provide real-time benefit analysis and actual costs for consumers purchasing prescription medication.

These individuals are meant to make it easier for pharmacies to obtain health insurance benefit information on patients so they can get their prescriptions in a timely fashion, but their presence has morphed into what some believe is a profit-driven model that favors insurance providers and large pharmacy chains over patients.  Continue Reading

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