Opinion: Congress must rein in pharmacy middlemen that raise drug costs

Michael Crowe

My job as a pharmacist is to help patients get and stay healthy using prescription and over-the-counter medications, providing guidance and advice along the way.

The way the process should work: A doctor prescribes a medication, and, after ensuring it is appropriate, we dispense it. Sadly, the way it works too often is that a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) gets between patients and lifesaving medication.