Magazine article Drug Topics

Eagle Managed Care Challenged

Magazine article Drug Topics

Eagle Managed Care Challenged

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Samuel D. Brog, executive director of the Philadelphia Association of Retail Druggists, has asked state officials to investigate allegations about Rite Aid. Those allegations contend that Rite Aid receives a weekly electronic funds transfer payment from Eagle Managed Care, the chain's PBM, to cover Medicaid prescriptions it manages for an HMO, while other pharmacies get mailed checks that are frequently late. Sarah Datz, public relations manager for Rite Aid, said that "all pharmacies are treated equally" and that Eagle isn't transferring funds electronically to anyone.

Eagle and its parent also are under scrutiny in Toledo, Ohio. The city has sued them for $1.4 million. The civil suit alleges that Eagle required pharmacies to pay a "pharmacy services fee" equal to 3% of the net cost of each Rx they filled for city employees, with a maximum payment of $2.25. Eagle deducted the money before paying the bill the pharmacies submitted, but the city paid Eagle the full bill without the 3% discount. After the city discovered the fee, it sued Eagle for breach of contract and to recover what it considered overpayments. Asked for a response, Rite Aid's Datz said, "We do not comment on cases that are under litigation."

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