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Poll shows Florida voters support PBM regulation

Three-quarters said they would back politicians who vote for PBM regulations.

New polling shows Florida voters are in favor of legislation that would impose new regulations on pharmacy benefit managers. Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, negotiate with drug manufacturers on behalf of insurance companies to purchase drugs at reduced prices or promise additional rebates.

They have been pejoratively referred to as “middlemen” due to “spread pricing” — a term describing the practice of charging an insurer one price for a drug and paying the pharmacy a lower cost while pocketing the difference.

Conducted by Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research, the poll found more than three-quarters of likely voters are concerned about the impact pharmacy benefit managers have on drug prices while 84% believe they should be required to provide value and lower costs. Additionally, 75% told pollsters they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports regulating PBMs.

“This is clearly something all Floridians can agree on — it is time to bring greater transparency and accountability to Florida’s healthcare system by reining in unchecked PBMs,” said former Sen. John Grant, the President of Seniors Across America and member of the PBM Accountability Project of Florida.

“This isn’t a partisan issue — it’s a matter of doing what’s right. Our seniors who rely on medications for their health and lives deserve policies that will lower the costs of prescription drugs and put a stop to the predatory practices of PBMs.”

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