Pa. Pharmacy Council Opposes PBM Merger

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Pharmacy Council opposes the planned merger of two large pharmacy benefit management companies, Medco Health Solutions and Express Scripts (ESI), it announced Monday.

Health plans hire PBMs to reduce prescription costs by negotiating directly with pharmacies and drug manufacturers. A Medco/ESI merger would result in unprecedented power to set the terms by which an estimated 135 million patients obtain medications, and the drug costs

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