PhRMA-Funded Report Finds PBMs Increasingly Derive Profits from Fees, Specialty

PBMs are increasingly deriving profits from collecting fees and from their specialty pharmacies as opposed to manufacturer rebates and spread pricing, according to an analysis published on Sept. 18 from Nephron Research. Eric Percher, the report’s author and a Nephron research analyst, tells AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that the findings suggest PBMs have shifted their business model in recent years even as they receive scrutiny from state and federal government officials for old tactics.

Nephron received compensation for the survey design and independent data analysis from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the leading trade group for drug manufacturers. Percher maintains that Nephron had full editorial control of the report.

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Tim Casey

Tim Casey

Tim has worked as a reporter and editor for more than 20 years. Before joining AIS Health in December 2021, he was a business reporter covering the commercial real estate industry’s capital markets for four years. He previously covered health care business issues for two medical publishing companies and high school, college and professional sports for the Sacramento Bee newspaper. Tim has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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