Today, the House Oversight Committee is holding an important hearing entitled "The Role of Pharmacy…
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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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Tuesday, April 06 2021

A New Jersey bar is suing its local government over unreasonable occupancy limits.

Tashmoo Restaurant & Bar in Morristown, New Jersey, had its outdoor license revoked for overcrowding in June 2020 after town officials accused it of violating health guidelines by packing patrons into its pop-up beer garden. Now, the bar is suing the township for what it claims is an arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable and unconstitutional attack on the plaintiff’s business. 

According to news reports, the business has been undergoing expansion renovation. The owner noted that the expansion layout calls for a maximum occupancy of 774, but the township is demanding it be limited to 351, a number the owner claims is “so low they are worse than unreasonable - they are downright ridiculous.”

“The 351 figure would be the maximum occupancy in a non-pandemic environment. With the 50% limitation, the occupancy becomes 175,” said the bar’s attorney, Thomas Cotton.

Morristown’s Mayor is quoted as accusing Tashmoo of trying to turn the restaurant into a night club.

Source: nj.com

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