Skip 
Navigation Link

1215 South Walnut Ave.
Demopolis, AL 36732 map map 

Access to Care: 800.239.2901

Health Policy & Advocacy
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
Hip-Hop Loaded With Pot, Cigarette ReferencesWhite House Wants Prices in Drug Ads, But Big Pharma Fights BackMany Supplements Contain Unapproved, Dangerous Ingredients: StudyE-Cigs Continue to Spark Debate Over Health Risks/BenefitsClinical Trials Need More VolunteersGetting Your Medical Records Might Not Be EasyMost People Don't Know if They Have Genetic Risk for CancerConsumer Reports Says Warnings About Tainted Beef Don't Go Far EnoughThe Physician Assistant Will See You NowCoffee Shop Workers on Front Lines of Opioid CrisisDozens of Medical Groups Join Forces to Improve DiagnosesDoes Big Pharma Hike Prices When Meds Are in Short Supply?FDA Gets Tough on Juul, Other E-Cigarette Makers'No Documented Reason' for 1 in 3 Outpatient Opioid Rxs: StudyUrgent Care Centers Ease ER Burden in U.S.Poor Health Care Linked to 5 Million Deaths Worldwide a Year'Million Hearts' Project Aims to Prevent 1 Million Cardiac CrisesDoctor Burnout Likely to Impair CareHomelessness Takes Toll on Kids' Health Even Before They're BornFDA Warns of Dangers of Liquid Nitrogen in Food, DrinksStates Struggle With Onslaught of Opioid OD DeathsAHA: Why More Americans Are Kicking the Smoking HabitMonitoring System for Underage Tobacco Sales Falls Short: StudyHundreds of Human, Pet Homeopathy Products RecalledAHA: CPR Training at School Now Required in 38 StatesGovernment Rules Aimed at Curbing Opioid Prescriptions May Have BackfiredGut Enzyme Could Help Solve U.S. Blood ShortagesHealth Tip: Making an Emergency CallFrom Pigs to Peacocks, What's Up With Those 'Emotional-Support Animals'?Global Aid Programs Shortchange Teen Health Needs: StudyDoctors Write Fewer Opioid Scripts After Learning of Overdose DeathHow to Become an Educated PatientU.S. Murder, Suicide Rates Climbing AgainTo Boost Colon Cancer Screening, Use the MailMajority in U.S. Support Medical Pot, Think It Could Fight Opioid CrisisWhey Powder Blamed for Salmonella Tied to Ritz Crackers, Goldfish: FDAToo Few Americans Getting Screened for Cancer: CDCYou Have 11 Seconds to Tell Your Doc What's WrongFDA Warns of Deaths Tied to Tainted Synthetic PotWhere Are Opioid Painkillers Prescribed the Most?In the ICU, Patients' Relatives Often Mum About Care ConcernsResetting E-Prescriptions for Opioids Helps Curb Use: StudyHealth Tip: If You're 45 or Older, Get Screened for Colorectal CancerRed Cross Issues Nationwide Call for Blood DonationsDoctor Burnout Widespread, Helps Drive Many Medical ErrorsWarming Climate, More AC -- and More Unhealthy Smog AheadEven at 'Safe' Levels, Air Pollution May Boost Diabetes RiskDeath Certificate Data May Miss Many Opioid ODs: StudyRaise the Bar on CPR, Heart Group SaysWhen DEA Cracked Down on Opioids, Abusers Moved to Black Market: Study
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Health Insurance
Healthcare

First Opioid Lawsuit Targeting Pharmacy Benefit Managers


HealthDay News
Updated: Apr 19th 2018

new article illustration

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A first opioid lawsuit is targeting pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), according to a report published in Managed Healthcare Executive.

Noting that until now, PBMs have not been sued for the opioid crisis, in February, a south Texas county included the three largest PBMs in a nationwide lawsuit, which focused on the opioid epidemic. Their inclusion was due to their role in allowing access to prescription opioids.

PBMs are not expected to question physician's therapeutic choice and do not have the same professional obligations as pharmacists do. However, they do have a lot of power, acting as the middlemen between doctor, patient, and pharmacy. They also have the most to gain from the cost of a prescription. PBMs are likely to be increasingly targeted in litigation. Health plans are contracting with PBMs for the benefit of patients, and as such, the PBMs have a responsibility to protect patients from harm. Allegations are likely to be that PBMs allowed a greater amount of opioids to be permitted in communities than could be supported based on the legitimate medical needs of the community.

"While it takes some creativity to do something new (like looking at PBMs) as a responsible party, my hunch is that other lawyers are likely to learn from this and will be interested in a potential additional source of settlement funds," Harry Nelson, from Nelson Hardiman, LLP, a health care law firm, said in the article.

Abstract/Full Text