COA Highlights Concern Over Growing Influence of PBMs

The influence of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) on prescription drug pricing and availability has continued to frustrate members of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA). An April report from COA stated that PBMs have been calling patients and urging them to get their drugs from PBM-owned pharmacy networks, rather than through physician dispensaries. At this year’s Community Oncology Conference, held in April in Oxon Hill, Maryland, presentations and discussions focused on this report, which also described instances of patients receiving drugs late, putting their health in jeopardy.

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