Blockchain technology will affect PBM relationships

The primary purpose of the pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) is to serve as an intermediary among pharmacies, drug manufacturers, and payers. PBMs manage formularies, negotiate discounts and rebates, and process and pay prescription drug claims through a web of electronic transactions.

Blockchain could potentially transform the relationship between payers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers, and pharmacies by offering an alternative, transparent mechanism for processing, pricing, and validating prescription transactions. This approach could lead to less waste, reduced pricing variations between pharmacies, and a better app-based purchasing experience for consumers, through transparency of the true cost of prescription drugs.

Milliman consultants Brian Anderson, Gregory Callahan, and Michael DiPrima provide more perspective in their article “How blockchain technology will disrupt the PBM-payer-pharmacy relationship.”

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