WASHINGTON — JC Scott has been the top lobbyist for the pharmacy benefit manager industry for just over four months, but he says he’s ready, willing, and able to defend his industry before Congress.

Scott, who was hired in September as president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, has his work cut out for him. PBMs, which negotiate with drug makers on behalf of health insurers and employers over the price of drugs, have gotten a bad reputation in Washington as middlemen who needlessly drive up drug prices in order to pocket more money for themselves. But Scott is determined to turn that reputation around, and he believes going before Congress is a key step in doing that.

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