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PCMA: New Report Shows Anti-PBM Laws Could Raise Health Care Costs for Oklahoma Businesses, Consumers, Government Programs
Date:3/12/2013

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oklahoma policymakers should avoid enacting laws that undermine payers' ability to use mail-service pharmacies, preferred pharmacy networks, and other innovative pharmacy benefit management (PBM) tools, the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) asserts in a new white paper, "Unnecessary Regulations that Increase Prescription Drug Costs."

NCPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization that develops private, free-market alternatives to government regulation that rely on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.

HB 2100 would grant the State Board of Pharmacy authority to regulate PBMs, the companies which employers and state agencies hire to negotiate discounts with drugstores.  Allowing pharmacy boards to regulate PBMs creates a conflict of interest since the Board members are pharmacists – a group which contracts with PBMs and could financially benefit from the policies they set, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said.

"This report shows Oklahoma policymakers that appeasing the drugstore lobby means higher prescription drug costs for small businesses, consumers, and government programs," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt .  

The NCPA report points out a number of regulations and laws that could increase prescription drug costs, including:

Click here to read the NCPA white paper.

Barriers to Competition: State Boards of Pharmacy and Conflicts of Interest
Background: The report highlights how some states are seeking to transfer regulatory authority of drug plans from the state's insurance commissioner to the state's Board of Pharmacy.

NCPA: "Because state pharmacy boards are controlled by pharmacists, giving
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