Understanding Competition in U.S. Prescription Drug Markets: Entry and Supply Chain Dynamics
As a community pharmacist I am appalled by the politics played in our healthcare system. The corruption between politicians, PBMs, and drug companies are quite evident. This is happening on both sides of the aisle. The only result in the future will be a single provider (namely CVS) that will hold enough power to provide "care" as the company would see fit. Where are the checks and balances? A more competitive market will allow patients to access an array of healthcare and overall will provide more economic security to many americans in the private healthcare sector, as well as specialty goods. Do you want to lower healthcare cost for americans? Do you want to actually provide more care for our citizens? Why not remove PBM's altogether? What is their purpose? There is no need for a middleman in todays expensive healthcare market. Eliminating PBMs altogether would be a step in the right direction for starters. Secondly, perhaps not allowing huge mergers such as CVS & Aetna. How many lobbyists were involved in pushing this merger forward? How many politicians were paid off to allow this monumental deal to go through. If this deal is solidified then you are dealing a deathblow to American healthcare as well as your local neighborhood community pharmacy.