The effect of pharmaceutical benefits managers: is it being evaluated?


Journal Article (Review)

Over the last decade, the number of pharmaceutical benefits managers has increased, and their influence has expanded rapidly. These managers now provide prescription drug coverage to more than 100 million Americans. The effect of pharmaceutical benefits managers on health care delivery remains unclear. We review the development of these organizations, their current role in the delivery of pharmaceutical therapies to patients, and their relationship with pharmaceutical manufacturers. We discuss potential advantages and disadvantages of pharmaceutical benefits manager practices and suggest ways in which these organizations can be made more accountable to the employer groups that hire them.

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Cited Authors

  • Schulman, KA; Rubenstein, LE; Abernethy, DR; Seils, DM; Sulmasy, DP

Published Date

  • May 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 124 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 906 - 913

PubMed ID

  • 8610921

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8610921

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1539-3704

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-4819

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.7326/0003-4819-124-10-199605150-00008


  • eng