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Advocacy: Preserving the Pharmacist-Patient Relationship
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Help us Preserve the Pharmacist-Patient Relationship

As pharmacists, one of our main priorities is helping patients access the medications that they need at prices they can afford. Today, we’re facing an uphill battle.

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are prospering while local pharmacists are struggling – even going out of business – and patients’ out-of-pocket costs are rising.

These middlemen PBMs determine which drugs will be covered by insurance companies, set reimbursement rates paid to pharmacies for filling prescriptions, and directly benefit through rebates and “clawbacks.” This system needs to be reformed to ensure that we’re are able to do our jobs and Maryland patients pay a fair price for their medications.



PBMs “spread pricing” schemes have been proven to unnecessarily cost many states a significant amount of money:

  • In Ohio, PBMs overcharged the state’s Medicaid program by nearly $225 million.
  • Hidden fees in Kentucky accounted for nearly $125 million.
  • A recent report by Pennsylvania Auditor Eugene A. DePasquale highlights the rebate process, roles, and relationships


Related News & Op-Eds:

Pharmacist fights for livelihood, drug cost transparency by the Calvert Recorder

Powerful, secretive middlemen affect drug prices by Columbus Dispatch 

Drug Middlemen Took $123.5 million in Hidden Fees State Claims by Bloomberg

PBMs Are Hogging Our Drug Discounts by Center for Medicine in the Public Interest President Peter J. Pitts

Don’t blame drug companies for high prices by Pacific Research Institute President and CEO Sally C. Pipes

The White House Is Right to Target Drug Rebates by Bloomberg Editorial Board

Prescription drug pricing strategy: Where is the money going? An investigative report by Boston 25 News

For drug price reform, follow the supply chain by UT Health San Antonio practicing ophthalmologist and clinical professor Dr. Jane Lindell Hughes

Contact your Senators in Annapolis today and make your voice heard!

Call 800-492-7122. Click here to find your officials’ direct contact information.


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