A new audit on Oregon pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) recommends that the state enact legislation that focuses on patient and pharmacy protections, and increases transparency in the prescription drug supply chain.     The state released the audit on Monday, which examines PBM business practices in the state. PBMs were established in the 1960s to … Read more

Lawmakers applauded the recent passage of bills that expand the number of children covered under Florida KidCare and regulate the business practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) during the 2023 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Rep. Robin Bartleman (D-Weston), ranking member of the Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee, said the most significant bill … Read more

Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) business practices are hindering pharmacists’ abilities to provide needed medications for Floridians, according to Dr. Kevin Duane, owner of Panama Pharmacy in Jacksonville.  Duane is one of many pharmacy owners who have testified in support of Senate Bill 1550, which aims to save Floridians money on prescription drugs by regulating PBMs. … Read more

A bill that aims to save Floridians money on prescription drugs by regulating pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) business practices was approved by a Senate committee on Monday.     The Senate Committee on Health Policy unanimously passed Senate Bill 1550, which would mandate several requirements from PBMs. The bill falls in line with Gov. Ron … Read more

The role pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) play in Washington’s pharmaceutical industry was hotly debated while senators heard testimony for bills during a Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee meeting on Friday.     Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue) sponsored Senate Bill 5213, which would impose certain requirements on PBM business practices. PBMs were created in … Read more

Oregon lawmakers discussed bills that would provide additional regulation of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) during a House Committee on Behavioral Health and Health Care meeting on Tuesday.     Numi Rehfield-Griffith, senior policy advisor for the Division of Financial Regulation at the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), said PBMs perform several functions on … Read more

Pharmaceutical industry professionals discussed the challenges Washington pharmacies face—including financial concerns that stem from having to work with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs)—during a House Health Care & Wellness Committee meeting on Thursday.     Ryan Oftebro, CEO at Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group and President of the Washington State Pharmacy Association, said Kelley-Ross operates five pharmacy locations … Read more

Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) is sponsoring a bill that would prevent pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) from discriminating against 340B-covered entities for which they’re statutorily required to provide discounted prescription drugs. While the Senate Health Committee recently voted to advance the bill, pushing it closer to a full Senate floor vote, drug manufacturers voiced their concern … Read more

Stretching above its foothills, the glacial crown of Mt. Rainier stands guard over Packwood, one of Washington’s dwindling lumber towns.  Today, Packwood — population 319 — may be best known for its biannual flea market. Every spring and fall, thousands of visitors descend on the town. For travelers, it’s the last stop west of the … Read more

Several more noteworthy bills have been prefiled ahead of the Jan. 10 start date of the Arizona Legislature for the 2022 session. Sen. Kelly Townsend (R – Mesa) prefiled Senate Bills 1014 and 1016 on Dec. 3. The former concerns ambulance services in rural areas, while the latter has to do with refusal prohibitions for … Read more