Payers are continuing to implement copay accumulators and copay maximizers in an effort to counter copay assistance from pharmaceutical manufacturers, according to a recent survey. Research shows these programs target specialty drugs almost exclusively, so while they may provide short-term benefits to payers, in the long run they may result in higher downstream costs. As accumulators and maximizers come under fire from patient-advocacy groups and other stakeholders for their potential impact on patient outcomes, a new state law essentially banning these programs, as well as potential legal challenges, may pose difficulties for payers implementing them.
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