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CVS Health (CVS) used its role as a pharmacy middleman for the Ohio Medicaid program to pay some of its biggest retail competitors far less than it pays its own stores, The Columbus Dispatch reports, citing a state report. Under Ohio’s Medicaid system last year, pharmacy benefit managers determined both how much they charged the state for a prescription drug and, in turn, how much they reimbursed each pharmacy. Critics say the state report is strong evidence that CVS was in essence using taxpayer money to give its own retail stores an unfair advantage in the marketplace.

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