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Last fall, CVS Caremark (CVS), which is the largest pharmacy benefit manager for the Ohio Medicaid program, reduced reimbursement for generic Suboxone to pharmacies by up to 80 percent, The Columbus Dispatch writes. The move caused pharmacists to either no longer stock the drug — and in effect pushing addicts in the fragile early stages of recovery back onto the streets — or find themselves being forced out of business. The development remains one the nation’s most stark examples of the potentially life-and-death impact of hidden price manipulation by these PBMs.

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