News Briefs: Independent Pharmacists Seek ‘Payback’ From PBMs in CVS Lawsuit

A Sept. 26 potential class action lawsuit brought by independent pharmacists accuses CVS Health Corp. of charging excessive direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees for Medicare Part D claims administered by the firm’s Caremark PBM division. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, calls the DIR fees charged by Caremark “unconscionable,” and says that the vertically integrated managed care, retail and pharmacy giant breached “the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.” In a Sept. 27 press release, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) — a trade group of independent pharmacists that has recently lobbied in favor of strict regulation of PBMs — backed the lawsuit. “It’s payback time,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey. “Finally, community pharmacies have a chance to recover DIR fees that were unfairly taken. PBMs have been gaming the system for a long time, and it’s time to turn the tables.”

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