Earlier this year, California Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 966 that would require PBMs doing business in California to be licensed and regulated. The objective is to curb PBMs anticompetitive practices  contributing to rising drug costs. The press release calls the effort “the most comprehensive regulation of PBMs yet attempted by any state.”

By Bhavesh Desai, PharmD, J.D.

DIR fees have been a focus of debate since their implementation and for the past decade, they have been increasingly scrutinized in congress as well as at the state level. The companies (Pharmacy Benefit Manager – PBMs) responsible for reporting true and accurate drug prices to the CMS have used

Due to the new Medicare Part D requirements effective the next year, direct and indirect remunerations (DIR) fees – that are so favored by PBMs – must be included and deducted from reimbursements at point-of-sale. In other words, starting with 2024 (still unclear when exactly), there will be no more retroactive DIR fees. Currently PBMs

This is something we (those who own or work for independent pharmacies) have been waiting for. Finally someone was bold (and brave) enough to bring an action against a PBM on DIR fees. This someone is Aids Healthcare Foundation (“AHF”), a California non-profit, which owns and operates retail pharmacies that serve HIV/AIDS patients. While many

Back in 2020, I wrote a blog post on potential PBM audit issues and disciplinary actions based on purchasing diabetic test strips from unauthorized wholesalers. The problem is still prevalent. In fact, during these past few months, we have seen several manufacturers sending cease-and -desist letters to pharmacies demanding money for lost sales and threatening

PBMs often flag telehealth claims and scrutinize the legitimacy of such scripts. When we see chargebacks based on “Invalid patient/prescriber relationship,” we know that it’s time for some legwork. We typically research (1) where the prescriber and patient were located; (2) whether prescriber was authorized to prescribe the medication in question; and (3) whether the