WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Commenting on a new National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) survey
"As 2017 draws to a close, PBMs rightly find themselves buried by an avalanche of negative publicity and research findings, which spotlight their escalating credibility and trust deficit with stakeholders," said Alan G. Rosenbloom, President and CEO of SCPC, the only federal advocacy organization devoted exclusively to the interests of the nation's LTC pharmacies and the patients they serve. "Overall this new NPC survey showcases the extent to which employers simply do not trust their PBM."
The NPC survey also reported the following:
Rosenbloom pointed out the nation's three major PBMs — CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and Optum Rx — control more than 80 percent of prescriptions dispensed in America, "and thrive in what can be accurately characterized as an oligopolistic swamp." For elderly patients living in the nation's long term care (LTC) facilities, this percentage jumps to more than 90 percent. "This degree of market control, by so few companies, facilitates PBMs' ability to manipulate prices, gouge consumers and side-step accountability," he continued.
The SCPC President and CEO said that at a time when transparency in the marketplace, in government and within society at-large is a driving force for positive change, the PBM industry has for too long been content to operate out of sight, avoiding scrutiny. "Any 21st Century business model premised upon hiding facts and claiming it a right to do so should be a target for federal reform – reform that will finally begin to drain a drug pricing swamp filled by PBMs' own shadowy, unaccountable activities."
The SCPC is the national association for independent LTC pharmacies. Our member pharmacies provide care and services to patients in LTC facilities across the country occupying approximately 675,000 beds. Visit us at www.seniorcarepharmacies.org to learn more.
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SOURCE Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition
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