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US: Independent pharmas want major antitrust exemptions

 |  March 15, 2013

As a pay-for-delay case continues in the nation’s Supreme Court, a lobby for independent drugstores is reportedly seeking widespread exemptions from antitrust laws that would allow the drugstores to charge higher prices for prescription drugs. The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association announced the news last Friday. Those lobby has sought the exemptions, which would affect consumers, employees, unions and government agencies, in the past. A recent government report found 80 percent of independent drugstores hire Pharmacy Service Administrative Organizations to do contract negotiations for them. The PMCA is voicing its opposition to the lobby’s requests arguing that they are asking for permission to fix prices and will lead in dramatic price hikes.


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