No More Pharmacist Gag Clauses

If you didn’t know, agreements between pharmacies and insurance companies kept some pharmacists from disclosing cheaper drug options to consumers. Amazing, right?  This is why many of us DPC docs use Goodrx.com for our patients to find the cheapest option.  Most bogus insurance plans do NOT always give the patient the lowest price.  I remember a corticosteroid cream costing $260 with insurance for a patient but if they paid cash then it would be $26 using Goodrx (tell me why we need these insurance companies again?).

President Trump just signed the “Know the Lowest Price Act” and the “Patients’ Right to Know Drug Prices Act “. This stops “gag clauses” in agreements between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers, the middlemen who administer prescription drug programs for insurance companies, which pharmacists say kept them from disclosing cheaper drug options to consumers.

Let’s see: PBMs and insurance companies rigged the game and this is a major blow to their scam.  Why wasn’t this done before?  Who were they paying off on the back end to stop this legislation?

 

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “No More Pharmacist Gag Clauses

  1. Thomas Guastavino
    October 14, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Perhaps the bigger question is why Fake news did not make this a major headline .

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