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House Hearing Spotlights Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) as Drivers of Higher Drug Prices

Today, the House Oversight Committee is holding an important hearing entitled "The Role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers in Prescription Drug Markets Part III:  Transparency and Accountability."

For those unfamiliar, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) amount to middlemen that control prescription drugs for millions of Americans.  A majority of Americans receive health insurance through employer plans or government programs such as Medicare, which in turn cover prescription drugs through PBMs.  Those PBMs negotiate with drug companies and pay pharmacies, but throughout the process determine the drugs that insured patients may obtain and at what cost.

The problem is that PBMs operate in such an opaque and complex manner that they're able to inflate drug costs while claiming to be working…[more]

July 23, 2024 • 04:57 PM

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

A North Carolina police officer recently lost his lawsuit over a cup of hot spilled coffee.

According to news reports, Starbucks gave Officer Matthew Kohr a free venti (its largest cup) when he asked for a small and employees failed to give him a sleeve. Kohr took the coffee anyway and proceeded to spill it on his lap when the lid fell off. Kohr sued the coffeehouse for $750,000.

But the jury didn't show much sympathy after learning that Kohr drove home and took pictures before getting medical care; the jury ruled in favor of Starbucks.

“We are pleased with the jury's decision as we believe our partners (employees) did nothing wrong,” wrote a Starbucks spokeswoman in an email. “The safety of our customers and partners will continue to be our top priority.”

Source:  charlotteobserver.com (NC)

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