This article by Megan Wilson is published by Politico. Here is an excerpt:
Lobbyists for drugmakers, pharmacists and large employers are blanketing Congress with calls, emails and advertisements, pressing lawmakers to rein in pharmaceutical middlemen, who they say are behind soaring drug costs.
The effort to paint pharmacy benefit managers as villains has sparked a multimillion-dollar campaign to influence Democrats, who are racing to finish their massive social spending bill and eager to show they are taking on the powerful drug industry and lowering out-of-pocket costs for Americans.
“Pretty much everyone in the supply chain is pointing at the PBMs right now,” said Karry La Violette, the senior vice president of government affairs at the National Community Pharmacists Association.
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