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State Suit Against PBMs Delayed

posted: December 9, 2020

Ohio’s lawsuit against pharmacy benefit managers accused of overcharging state agencies for prescription drugs has again been delayed. Originally slated for trial last March, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation case against OptumRx now is scheduled to be heard on Nov. 1, 2021. In it, the state says Optum overcharged the agency between 2015 and 2019 by $16 million. While that is not a huge sum, the case could have much larger implications for taxpayers and for pharmacy benefit managers. Speaking about the suit in 2019, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said it would be far from the last shoe to drop against the companies, which do billions of dollars of business with the state each year. (Ohio Capital Journal, Dec. 4, 2020)