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PBMs Play A Major Role in Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

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During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the prescription drug supply chain came together, including pharmacy benefit managers, to prevent potential prescription drug shortages for people with chronic health conditions like asthma shortages on their medications.

Albuterol is an essential quick-relief (rescue) medication that asthma patients need to treat asthma symptoms and ease breathing by opening airways during an asthma attack. Those with asthma know to always keep nearby a metered-dose inhaler (MDI) that contains a short-acting beta-agonist like albuterol. Without emergency medicine like an albuterol MDI, airways can become inflamed during an asthma attack, making it hard to breathe. An uncontrolled asthma attack can result in death. In fact, 10 people die every day from asthma in the United States. It affects more than 25 million Americans. It’s also the leading chronic disease in children and the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children ages 15 and under.

During a time of heightened anxiety in the asthma community, it should be comforting to consumers to know that PBMs are working to protect them from potential drug treatment shortages.

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