Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s recent audit of prescription drug prices in Pennsylvania shows that rebates never reach the hands or the wallets of consumers or the independent community pharmacists who fill their prescriptions.
Manufacturers required to offer a rebate simply set a higher list price. That game is happening with prescription drugs. And what’s even more insulting about that -unlike the shirt you can choose not to buy – when it comes to prescription drugs, in many instances, this is about your health or in some instances even the life of the patient.
The rebate system artificially raises the cost of some prescription drugs up to 30%. The innocent victims of this are independent pharmacists and consumers who pay the cost.