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By the time his wife was able to procure co-pay assistance, the young man could no longer swallow pills and passed away in the ICU. Medication that was critical to treating his cancer remained just on the other side of the clinic’s pharmacy counter, with access denied by the couple’s PBM.
It’s a heartbreaking story. Patients should never be delayed or denied access to needed care. But such instances are becoming more common because of large PBMs — powerful middlemen that manage health care benefits for more than 260 million Americans. PBMs decide what drugs are covered by insurance, how much they should cost, and how they get into patients’ hands.