NCL statement on FTC interim report on PBMs

July 10, 2024

Media contact: National Consumers League – Melody Merin,, 202-207-2831

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Consumers League (NCL) today applauds the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) interim staff report on prescription drug middlemen, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The report details how PBMs profit at the expense of patients, inflating drug costs and squeezing Main Street pharmacies.

The following statement is attributable to NCL’s Robin Strongin, Senior Director of Health Policy:

“The FTC’s continued investigation into PBMs, and this latest report, shows promising momentum in addressing the high out-of-pocket costs of medicines consumers face. Countless investigations such as this, as well as news coverage, patient stories, and pharmacy closures across the country, prove again and again that PBMs are doing more harm than good. As the report shows, the vertical integration of PBMs has allowed them to rake in profits at the expense of patients and independent pharmacies.

“That said, we also recognize that this interim report and its findings don’t go far enough. It’s well past time to examine and address the overall corporatization of health care, including the vertical integration of the industry. In the current set-up, the biggest winners are the health insurance corporations that own PBMs, doctors, pharmacies and more. The biggest losers? Consumers.

“While NCL is encouraged that the FTC is working to hold PBMs accountable, we also encourage the need for meaningful reform that helps and doesn’t harm consumers.”

The full report can be accessed here.


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