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New Court Ruling Potentially Revives Independent Pharmacy Class Action Arbitration Against PBMs

Class Action is the most powerful tool in a lawyer’s arsenal to help independent pharmacies force national-scale changes in abusive PBM auditing conduct. In 2009, Frier Levitt obtained a $12+ Million class action arbitration award against one of the nation’s largest PBMs. However, a 2010 United States Supreme Court ruling altered the landscape. The decision made it almost impossible for a small group of brave independent pharmacies to challenge abusive...

The FTC approved the ESI-Medco Merger, Now What? A Call For Uniform State Laws Protecting Pharmacies (Any Willing Provider; Prompt Pay)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the merger between Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) and Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (Medco), two of the country’s three largest Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). What can pharmacies do to curb abusive PBM audit practices, the growth of PBM mail-order and specialty pharmacy, all of which erode independent pharmacy profits? The independent pharmacy community can expect continued changes in the areas of network reimbursement, mail order...