Governor DeSantis proposes tighter controls on pharmacy benefit managers
By Tom Flanigan
January 26, 2023
Excerpt from WFSU
Simply going to the local drug store to pick up a prescription used to be a pretty simple exercise. But that purchase has become ever more complicated. Now Governor DeSantis wants the State of Florida to rein in one of the middlemen in the transaction.
The proposal from Governor Ron DeSantis would block benefit managers from forcing people to use mail-order programs for their prescription medications. Those benefit managers would also have to give the state information on other pharmacies they’re affiliated with or are part of their company. They’d also have to issue years reports on drug price increases.
One pharmacist who absolutely goes along with this is Danny Jackson. He owns Stewart’s Pharmacy, a small independent drug store located less than 2 miles from the Capitol in Tallahassee.