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The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association just launched an advertising campaign that would make Mad Men’s Don Draper and other spin doctors proud.  It’s an age-old strategy: if you can’t win the fight, dodge the question and change the subject. 

The PCMA is the industry trade group for pharmacy benefits managers, third party administrators of prescription drug programs. Recently, PBMs have come under fire for operating in a system that lacks transparency and driving up employers’ drug costs. Independent and chain pharmacy organizations advocate for legislation that would help reduce the cost of medication by limiting pharmacy benefits managers’ ability to mark-up prices and overcharge employers.  Now, the PCMA’s advertising campaign (It’s the Drugstore Lobby vs. Employers) has baselessly turned pharmacists into the villains, accusing them of trying to “force businesses to pay more for prescription drugs.”

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