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Fighting for Rural & Community Pharmacies

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) need to be held accountable for the alarming number of small-town pharmacies they have closed due to unfair business practices. PBMs are middleman companies that pay pharmacists for prescription drugs dispensed to insurance beneficiaries. The General Assembly passed Act 900 in 2015 to require Arkansas pharmacies to be reimbursed by PBMs at fair rates. The law was necessary because more than 16% of rural pharmacies had closed in recent years due to declining PBM payments on generic prescriptions causing Arkansans to be unable to receive necessary medications.

Press Releases

February 8, 2018 – Rutledge to Investigate Reimbursement Rates from CVS Caremark

February 13, 2018 – Rutledge Praises White House’s Recommendation on PBMs

May 11, 2018 – Rutledge Applauds President Trump’s Plan to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

December 15, 2019 – Rutledge Applauds U.S. Solicitor General’s Brief Supporting Arkansas Before U.S. Supreme Court

January 10, 2020 – Rutledge Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Hear Arkansas’s Case against PBMs

February 21, 2020 – U.S. Supreme Court Reveals Rutledge’s PBM Argument Date

February 25, 2020 – Rutledge Files PBM Brief with U.S. Supreme Court

March 3, 2020 – Broad-Based Support for Rutledge’s SCOTUS Case Shows Need to Regulate PBMs

April 24, 2020 – Rutledge Files PBM Reply Brief with U.S. Supreme Court

Legal Documents

Follow the links below to view legal documents below related to Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, No. 18-540.

Arkansas Attorney General Brief Filed with United States Supreme Court

Joint Appendix to State of Arkansas Brief

Arkansas’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari

United States Amicus Brief

State of California Amicus Brief

American Medical Association Brief