LOS ANGELES (January 26, 2024) — AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) issued the following statement in response to Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) introducing legislation aimed at reining in pharmacy benefit managers’ abusive practices designed to maximize profits at the expense of pharmacies and patients:
“We applaud Senator Wiener for introducing a bill that would bring well-needed reform to the area of pharmacy benefits management,” said Laura Boudreau, AHF Chief of Operations. “Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, have operated too long in the shadows, interfering with patient access to care, starving pharmacy providers, creating pharmacy deserts while they rake in massive profits that inflate healthcare costs. California patients deserve and need better.”
AHF has been working closely with the California Pharmacists Association for more than a year on this and it remains a high priority for AHF’s California legislative agenda.