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Letter to the editor: Transparency needed on pharmacy benefit managers

| Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, 10:03 a.m.

I do not know if politicians are the best candidates to take “a deeper dive” into what pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) accomplish ( “Pharmacy benefit managers keeping drug costs down,” Nov. 27, TribLIVE). But as PBMs are legally protected when accepting kickbacks from drug firms, we at least need transparency about that. When they “negotiate” a lower price, we need to understand how much of the price reductions are passed along to the pharmacies and customers and how much is pocketed by the PBM.

We do not need the heavy hand of government here. We do need to understand what is really going on.

Richard E. Ralston

Newport Beach, Calif.

The writers is executive director of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine.

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