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A House Sub Committee Looks at Pharmacy Benefits Managers
An Oklahoma House subcommittee is set to consider a proposal for increased regulation and transparency of Pharmacy Benefit Managers.
According to the Associated Press, they work as intermediaries between employers that offer health insurance and pharmacies and claim to reduce prescription costs.
Owasso Republican Rep. David Derby is expected to introduce a bill Monday to the Non-Appropriated Subcommittee to give the State Board of Pharmacy oversight over PBM companies' licenses. Derby says PBMs often require customers to use mail-order pharmacies that the PBMs own.
He says mail-order pharmacies are less-regulated, have an unfair advantage over other pharmacies and can put customers at risk when pharmacists aren't directly involved in filling prescriptions.
PBM organizations say they save people and states millions of dollars and that the pharmacy board's members have a conflict of interest.
The Associated Press attributed to this story.
Posted: Monday, February 18 2013, 07:08 AM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tulsa agencies assisting in Moore recovery
May 22, 2013 07:50 GMT
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The city of Tulsa is sending a contingent of workers to help with the recovery in Moore, including its coordinator for grants.
The city said Tuesday that the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency deputy director and the city's finance and grants coordinator are helping with communication efforts.
At the request of emergency managers, the city sent an urban search and rescue team to help with the search at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which collapsed in the tornado.
The Tulsa police sent an incident management team to assist as needed at Moore.
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