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How the Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry is Reacting to COVID-19

Milliman is closely monitoring information as it is released by PBMs in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and abroad. The interventions put into place serve to mitigate the administrative strain placed on providers, ensure adequate supply and access to medications for members, and support the continuation of business amid a time of great uncertainty.

Milliman’s analysis of the information led to three categories where for most of the change across the PBM industry: pharmacy management, patient access, and supply chain. This discussion highlights actions PBMs are taking across these segments and the potential effects on plan sponsors and members.

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Although the responses were meant to be pragmatic, a major factor that has not been addressed is whether or not these strategies will add cost for plan sponsors, increase drug trend, exhaust the supply of certain pharmaceutical products, or override the plan provisions that sponsors had intentionally built into their programs to manage cost and care.

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Tyrone Squires, MBA, CPBS

I am the proud founder and managing director of TransparentRx, a fiduciary-model PBM based in Las Vegas, Nevada. We help health plan sponsors reduce pharmacy spend, by as much as 50%, without cutting benefits or shifting costs to employees.

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