The IPMD Learning Lounge
Oct 5, 2022
Must-read for US employers and lawmakers: 43% of working adults are functionally uninsured
The Commonwealth Fund has published a report that is a must-read for employers and lawmakers. If they read nothing else this year, this should be it.
The report is based on a recent survey of American adults to determine how many of us are adequately insured. You can read the full report here, but below are the highlights:
43% of working adults in this country were inadequately insured this year. They are, in essence, functionally uninsured...
May 1, 2021
Affordable for Whom? Debunking the Website Marylanders for Affordable Rx
At first glance, Marylanders For Affordable Rx appears to be a coalition of concerned Maryland citizens. Nothing could further from the truth. Other So-called “patient coalitions” with the moniker “(State residents) for Affordable Rx” have popped up across the U.S. but are not actually patient groups at all. They are front groups created by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), a trade association/lobbying organization representing the nation’s 11 largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).
Sep 14, 2020
IPMD Contributing Author of Summary Recommendations Sent to White House on Drug Pricing Reform
PUTT Executive Director, Monique Whitney, and FDA Senior Advisor, Dr. David Gortler, PharmD, FCCP, co-authored a Summary Proposal of Recommendations to lower drug prices which was submitted to the Trump Administration on Monday, Sept. 14th. IPMD President, Sherine Joseph was a contributing author of the document.
Jan 31, 2019
What is a PBM: The Rise of Pharmacy Middlemen
Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) serve as middlemen administering prescription plans for insurance companies. This middleman industry, which began innocuously in the 1960s, has now through unregulated mergers and acquisitions been reduced to 3 major companies due to lack of regulation.