As you well know, Black Americans receive very little from the government. We do not get our fair share of government contracts and are denied access to block grant spending to the states; we do not get federal grants and are generally left out of the economic largess of all federal expenditures. ~Dr. Charles Steele, Jr. President and CEO SCLC
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The COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest surrounding racial disparities and systemic racism have put renewed emphasis on closing health and wealth gaps.
Prescription drug pricing, always a hot topic in the battle for equity, has been at the forefront of
this conversation. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 intensified the scrutiny on access to medicines, co-morbidity, and other issues surrounding health equity.
While many of the issues surrounding prescription drug pricing have focused singularly on the manufacturers, this paper seeks to examine the current state of play in the prescription drug supply chain and marketplace.
In this paper, the authors reviewed the role of the 340B program, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), Copay Accumulators, and the phenomenon of pharmacy deserts in the utilization of prescription drugs, their costs, and impact on racial health disparities.