How ‘middlemen’ force some small-town pharmacists out of business

Your small town community pharmacists say they’re under threat from an unregulated industry which they believe limits the choices consumers have to buy their medicine. They the blame the problem on “middlemen” drug suppliers called pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

This year, Republican lawmakers in Georgia and Washington, D.C. are doing something unusual about it – asking for more regulation of the industry.

Mark Parris operated two pharmacies in Blue Ridge, Georgia for 19 years. He sold both in 2014 after he says about 30 percent of his patients were forced to get their medicine elsewhere.

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