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In his latest bid to expand access to lower-cost medicines, Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drug Company will offer discounts to a coalition of 40 large private and public employers, a step that involves cutting out the usual middlemen in the opaque U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain, STAT says. The effort involves a partnership with the Purchaser Business Group on Health, whose members will be able to fold the medicines sold by Cuban’s company into existing health benefit plans. By doing so, the employers hope to offer employees a new option for prescription drugs while also capturing much of the data that is otherwise lost when employees turn to such alternatives as GoodRx for medicines.

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