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February 3: InsideHealthPolicy: Oncologists-Backed Paper Takes PBMs To Task Over Pharmacy Concessions

(COA) Feb 3, 2017 - Oncologists and pharmacists are touting an oncologist-financed paper on the pharmacy benefit manager practice of demanding retroactive concessions from pharmacies, which the paper argues are unfair.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: February 08, 2017)

quotesThe DIR reporting process was intended to increase the level of transparency throughout the prescription transaction process. As with all good intentions, reality never seemed to occur. It is now a convoluted process that is just as murky as the overall rebate process. The ramifications are far down stream, impacting pharmacies, in addition to the overall cost to the patient and payers. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy was hit hard last year due to what was called a DIR pullback by a PBM. So much for Transparency.quotes

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