State laws that would protect drugstores are bad for consumers

04/11/2013 | Heartland Institute, The

Special interest groups have been lobbying state legislatures to pass laws protecting drugstores from mail-order competition and allowing state pharmacy boards to regulate pharmacy benefit managers. Passing such laws will benefit drugstores at the expense of consumers and taxpayers, writes Devon Herrick, a health economist and senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis. Laws allowing pharmacists who sit on pharmacy boards to oversee PBMs create a conflict of interest, says PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt.

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