SCPC President and CEO Alan Rosenbloom speaks with the Pharmacy Podcast Network
SCPC President and CEO Alan Rosenbloom speaks with the Pharmacy Podcast Network about senior care in a new episode entitled, “The Mission of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) is about Better Patient Care.” In this conversation, Alan distills the long-term care (LTC) pharmacy sector describing who they serve and the reasons LTC pharmacies are essential to senior care. He also discusses the policy changes needed to hold PBMs accountable and policies to ensure equity in accessing long-term care pharmacy services, including people living at home.
Rosenbloom: Curb PBMs’ power
Despite the purported value of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), drug prices remain unaffordable for many Americans (“Prescription drug pricing reform must rein in pharmacy benefit managers,” Web, Oct. 18). As middlemen between the manufacturers, pharmacies and consumers, PBMs are notorious for abusive business practices that impact both patients’ wallets and their access to prescription drugs, while gouging unaffiliated pharmacies.
Prescription Drug Middleman Potentially Profiting off Veterans
One of the three dominant U.S. pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs)—the middlemen that handle the vast majority of prescription drug plans in the United States—has instituted a scheme that has left roughly 400,000 active-duty and retired military households scrambling for a new pharmacy provider within the next week. Critics say the maneuver is a naked attempt by Express Scripts, the Cigna-owned PBM, to steer beneficiaries toward its own market-leading mail-order pharmacy.
The surprising group that will be hit hard by drug pricing reform
By Rachel CohrsSTAT Obviously, pharmaceutical companies are upset that they’re going to lose money from Medicare under Democrats’ new drug pricing law. But there’s another, less obvious group that’s concerned as well — long-term care pharmacies that serve almost entirely Medicare patients, and dispense the drugs that will likely enter the price negotiation program first. […]
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