FTC Goes After PBMs, Warns Of Legal Action

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted unanimously (5-0) to examine rising list prices of insulin, but also to probe possible anti-competitive practices by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) with respect to the use of rebate arrangements. Rebates are payments from drug manufacturers to PBMs in exchange for moving market share towards preferred products on the formulary. The FTC cites instances in which cheaper generics and biosimilars are excluded from PBM formularies, as this may violate competition and consumer protection laws.


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