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PCMA Launches New Ad Campaign: 'It's the Oklahoma Drugstore Lobby vs. Oklahoma's Employers'
Date:12/4/2013

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the Oklahoma drugstore lobby launches new attacks seeking to undermine tools used by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to lower prescription drug costs, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) released a new ad campaign today defending the rights of employers to reduce wasteful pharmacy spending.  

The ad notes that, employers think: "It's wrong" for the Oklahoma drugstore lobby "to force Oklahomans to pay more for prescription drugs."

"The agenda promoted by the Oklahoma drugstore lobby would enrich pharmacies by making every other business pay more for prescription drugs," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt.

This special interest legislation (H.B. 2100) could increase prescription drug costs $1.7 billion for the state's employers, seniors, state employee plans, and consumers.

Click here to see the new ad.

"It's the Oklahoma Drugstore Lobby vs. Oklahoma's Employers in the Fight to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs"

The Oklahoma drugstore lobby agenda includes:

  • New employer mandates that raise costs and reduce choices.
  • Giving drugstores new powers to charge consumers more for prescription drugs.
  • Forcing employers to pay more for prescription drugs.

The Federal Trade Commission examined similar Board of Pharmacy legislation and found it would make "collusion easier and increase prescription drug prices if the Pharmacy Board obtains and discloses PBMs competitively sensitive information to pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacists, and pharmacies."

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