Paul N. Urick, RPh


Making the move: Bringing pharmacy benefit management in-house

July 01, 2003

Controlling the rate of growth in prescription drug expenses continues to be a challenge. The cost of offering healthcare insurance benefits, including prescription drug benefit programs, has increased to a rate of nearly 20% in 2003. Costs are expected to rise by double digits over the next 5 years. This daunting trend has influenced HMOs and other benefit providers to consider moving pharmacy benefit management in-house to cut costs.