Study: Bill Could Drive Up Drug Costs by Billions

Law360, New York (May 7, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An association representing pharmacy benefit managers has released a study warning that a bill recently introduced to Congress would loosen antitrust laws and hand the independent drugstore lobby a “license to collude,” thus driving up health care costs by billions of dollars.

At issue is H.R. 971—titled “Community Fairness Act of 2007”—which would require that independent pharmacies negotiating with health plans be given the same treatment under antitrust laws as bargaining units recognized under the National Labor Relations Act. Such recognition would pave the way for...
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