NCPA Member Sets the Record Straight in Response to PBM Attack in PA

NCPA November 18, 2019

For Immediate Release
Andrea Pivarunas, 703-600-1174

Harrisburg, PA – NCPA member and community pharmacist Darrin Silbaugh of See-Right Pharmacy in Harrisburg, PA set the record straight with an editorial today responding to a very deceptive argument made by the PBM lobby in a piece published in the Patriot-News earlier this week.

"Pharmacy benefit managers were created to control prescription drug prices. Since they arrived on the scene in 1987, however, prescription drug benefit costs have risen by 1,129 percent and patients' actual out-of-pocket costs have increased by almost 200 percent," wrote Silbaugh. "Here in Pennsylvania, a 2018 report from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale found that as prescription drug costs in the Commonwealth went from $1.41 billion in 2013 to $2.86 billion in 2017 (an increase of more than 100 percent!), the average price of a prescription at a community pharmacy actually went down slightly and prescription volume was flat."

The PBM lobby, which represents multi-billion-dollar corporations whose profits have ballooned along with DIR fees, is fighting a reform measure currently moving through the Pennsylvania legislature. NCPA is working with our partners in PA to advance the bill.

Click here to read Silbaugh's op-ed.

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