Clawbacks happen when a patient goes to pick up a drug at the pharmacy, handing over a co-payment set by their pharmacy benefit manager that’s bigger than the actual cash cost of the drug. The pharmacy benefit manager ultimately pockets the difference. Most patients never realize there’s a cheaper cash price because of clauses in contracts between pharmacies and PBMs that bar the drugstore from from telling people there’s a cheaper way to pay.
A new law in Connecticut would close a drug price loophole that’s been the subject of more than a dozen lawsuits around the U.S., taking aim at a practice by pharmacy benefit managers called pharmacy clawbacks. The law, which goes takes effect in January, will allow pharmacists to tell patients about the cheapest way to pay for prescription drugs they pick up at the pharmacy counter. It was passed in response to a pharmacy benefit management industry practice called clawbacks.
Of the more than 50,000 drug-related deaths in the U.S. in 2015, close to two-thirds involved opioids, according to the CDC. (Photo: Getty)
Opioids are prescribed less frequently than they were several years ago, but the drugs are still too easy to obtain and are taken by too many people for far too long, according to U.S. health officials.
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