Senate panel moves pharmacy regulation bill, a top priority for Gov. Ron DeSantis

A high-profile health care bill and top priority for Gov. Ron DeSantis cleared a Senate panel Monday and its counterpart is teed up to be considered by a House committee on Tuesday.

Members of the Senate Health Policy Committee voted unanimously to advance a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) bill (SB 1550) to the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee after tagging on multiple amendments.

The bill pits the pharmacy industry and the DeSantis administration against pharmacy benefit managers and business groups. PBMs are hired by business and insurance industry interests to negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers, earning them a “middleman” moniker. According to a

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