The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), a group that represents pharmacy benefits managers, spent close to $525,000 in the second quarter lobbying the federal government on a variety of issues.

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This is a slight decrease from the second quarter of 2010, when the total expenditures reached $552,000. However, the number is a substantial increase from the first quarter of 2011, when PCMA spent $478,000 (a 10 percent difference).

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PCMA's lobbying efforts included:

PCMA's members include the largest independent PBMs (Express Scripts Inc., Medco Health Solutions Inc., and CVS Caremark Corp.), along with several health insurers. Express Scripts agreed to buy Medco in July.

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