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Weathering the Rx Storm

By Tim Thomas / On Aug.08.2016 / In crystal clear rx, benefits design, healthcare, health care, health benefits, PBM, Pharmacy Benefits Manager,

If you are like most employers today, you are in the midst of a confusing landscape when it comes to managing pharmacy benefits. Making sound decisions on your Rx benefits design can be difficult and costly if you don’t have the right resources at hand. 

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Response to Barrons Article “Pharmacy-Benefit Managers Under Pressure”: The Importance of Transparency

By Tim Thomas / On Aug.03.2016 / In

The recent article “Pharmacy-Benefit Managers Under Pressure” published by Barron’s discusses how prescription drug prices are rapidly rising, how this affects employers and the reason behind the rising costs. At Crystal Clear Rx, we work closely with PBMs on a daily basis, and I can certainly attest to many of the points made within the article.

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Times they are a changin' AGAIN

By tthomas / On Nov.03.2015 / In

Times they are a changin’ AGAIN With the Walgreens announcement last week of the acquisition of Rite Aid, things just got even more interesting in the Pharmacy Benefits arena. It now appears we will have two Retail ownership based PBMs in the marketplace. Here is what we know: Rite Aid is to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens Boots Alliance The Rite Aid stores will operate as Rite Aid for an undefined period.

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Maybe you should sweat the small stuff

By Crystal Clear Rx / On Jul.14.2014 / In PBM, PBM Industry, PBM contract, pass through PBM,

In 1997, Richard Carlson wrote a great book titled “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff."  Although I agree totally with the premise of that book in the general context of our daily lives, it may not be a good strategy when it comes to pharmacy benefits. Over the next few BLOG posts we will discuss some of these.

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