Cassidy slams drug cost clawbacks, demands transparency

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) –

Documents uncovered by FOX 8 News show real-life examples of patients going to the pharmacy and getting charged a premium on their medication.  We showed you several cases Wednesday night of customers paying more in copay for drugs than the drugs themselves actually cost.

 Now one of the most powerful politicians in Washington wants to get our documents.

“Lee, give me copies of those,” says U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. “That’s [the information] we’ve been putting together as we intend to build support for what we’re trying to do.”

Pharmacists we interviewed say they legally cannot tell the customer they’re getting ripped off.  But we have examples of four healthcare providers, including a company linked to UnitedHealthcare, paying nothing toward some of their customers’ drug costs.

The insurance company labels it a copay. But in some cases only one person pays – you.

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