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UPDATE: Federal Trade Commission urged to investigate pharmacy benefit managers to uncover anticompetitive practices which raise drug prices for consumers

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Author: Patricia Kelmar

Director, Health Care Campaigns

 

Started on staff: 1986-1991; 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston College; J.D., high honors, George Washington University Law School

Patricia directs the health care campaign work for U.S. PIRG and provides support to our state offices for state-based health initiatives. Her prior roles include senior director of health policy with the National Consumers League, senior policy advisor at NJ Health Care Quality Institute, and consumer advocate at NJPIRG. She serves on the board of the Patient and Caregiver Engagement Advisory Group for the National Quality Forum. Patricia enjoys walks along the Potomac and sharing her love of books with her friends and family around the world.

Joining other consumer organizations, PIRG submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to recommend a broad investigation into the anticompetitive practices used by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).  PBMS are the companies that manage the prescription drug portion of a health insurer’s benefits package. Our comments pointed out that “[i]n the past decade, PBM profits have more than doubled and increased to $28 billion annually.” 

We urged the FTC to conduct a deep dive investigation into the PBM industry to “capture allegations of widespread fraudulent and deceptive practices.” Immediate attention by the FTC  is necessary because the “PMB industry has avoided antitrust scrutiny for far too long.” 

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Author: Patricia Kelmar

Director, Health Care Campaigns

 

Started on staff: 1986-1991; 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston College; J.D., high honors, George Washington University Law School

Patricia directs the health care campaign work for U.S. PIRG and provides support to our state offices for state-based health initiatives. Her prior roles include senior director of health policy with the National Consumers League, senior policy advisor at NJ Health Care Quality Institute, and consumer advocate at NJPIRG. She serves on the board of the Patient and Caregiver Engagement Advisory Group for the National Quality Forum. Patricia enjoys walks along the Potomac and sharing her love of books with her friends and family around the world.