Pennsylvania’s Auditor General is bringing attention to what he says is an unknown position that has a major influence on how pharmacies operate.
Eugene DePasquale says that pharmacy benefit managers act as a middleman between pharmacists and drug manufacturers. He believes a pair of house bills would help rein in costs and make the managers more accountable.
“One would give the state the ability to review the contracts between pharmacy benefit managers and manage care organizations,” DePasquale said. “The other would prohibit gag causes that stop pharmacists from telling customers how they might save money on their prescriptions.”
DePasquale said there has been some steps taken by the legislature to bring more transparency to the pharmaceutical industry in PA.