President Trump is vowing to bring down prescription drug prices by targeting the “middle man,” and a leading health-care policy expert is explaining who that is and what should and should not be done about it.
The cost of prescription drugs continues to be a major frustration for patients and physicians, to the point that cash-strapped patients sometimes choose not to get their medication.
“Physicians tell me that they prescribe medication for their patients and they can’t afford to fill the prescription because of the cost of their co-payments,” said Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner.
So who are these “middle men,” and how are they driving up the cost of prescription drugs?
At issue are distributors who sell to major clients like hospitals and big pharmacy chains like Walmart and CVS.
“Distributors, called pharmacy benefit managers, have set up their businesses to help provide not only distribution supply chains