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APhA Blog: The Supreme Court to Hear Calls for Greater PBM Oversight

02/19/2020 10:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

All APhA members need to know about a crucial effort by APhA, the National Community Pharmacists Associations (NCPA), Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA), the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), and other pharmacy organizations: In the next few weeks, we will jointly submit an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court in Rutledge v. the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association.

In this case, the state of Arkansas will argue to allow the state to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which some lower courts have said is forbidden by federal law. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Arkansas, states with PBM oversight laws similar to those of Arkansas would have clearer authority to regulate PBMs.

“Amicus curiae” literally translates to “friend of the court” and refers to legal briefs submitted by entities who are not party to the case at hand—APhA will not have any direct role in arguing the case. But, at the discretion of the Court, the justices can review amicus briefs to get more insight and expert opinion that could have bearing on the case.

Read more a www.pharmacist.com.

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