DC's Pharmacy Benefits Disclosure Law Struck Down

Law360, New York (March 20, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has struck down a District of Columbia law requiring pharmacy benefits management companies to disclose all payments they receive from drug companies, finding that the law is preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Judge Ricardo M. Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Thursday that because D.C.'s Access Rx Act regulates the relationship between pharmacy benefits management companies, or PBMs, and employee retirement plans, it intrudes on a field exclusively for federal regulation. The ruling was...
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