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New Study Examines the Link Between Pharmacy Benefit Managers and High Prescription Drug Prices

A white paper released today by the American Consumer Institute (ACI) sheds new light on the prescription drug affordability crisis. Specifically, the paper proposes that Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) – third-party administrators tasked with negotiating drug prices and managing benefit plans on behalf of health insurers, employers, and others – are to blame for escalating drug prices. These industry middlemen increasingly leverage their market power to extract exorbitant profits for themselves at the expense of everyone else. This abuse of the prescription drug market is most visible in the wide variety of predatory business practices that PBMs engage in.


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