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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000586.txt from 2004/08

From: donna@-----.com
Subj: Re: [kl] Personal Privacy
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 00:55:08 -0400

Quoting Nancy Buckman <eefer@-----.net>:

> Until they are actually asked to fill a prescription, they don't have a
> job. And where I am concerned, they actually went to my physician and
> asked to change a prescribed medication before I had even requested a
> prescription of that particular medication. That isn't conscientious, it
> is ambitious and ought to be illegal, if it isn't already.

There is already major litigation over exactly this kind of activity. (I can
provide you with details off-list if you want to pass them on to your lawyer,
although I'm on vacation through Monday and won't have access to the stuff until
Tuesday).

These companies are known as "pharmacy benefit managers" or PBMs, and they get
"incentives" (most of us would call them kickbacks) to steer beneficiaries
toward a particular company's drugs. That sounds like what happened in your
case.

- Donna

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