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The Paradocs Podcast

The Paradocs is a fun and lively discussion with a couple of docs on the practice of medicine. Occasionally serious, usually lighthearted, and accidentally informative. A show for physicians to learn more about what is going on and a great place for them to direct their friends and family to better understand the challenges they face.

Aug 5, 2020


Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are one of the 'middle men' in health care that have recently come under fire for the added expense they bring in the prescription drug market. What was once a relatively unknown player in the health care delivery process, PBMs are finding themselves with a target on their back for the first time.

Few realize that pharmacy benefit managers play a large role in the cost of their drugs through insurance plans. Dr. Mary Tipton, a med-peds specialist in Utah, is part of the Practicing Physicians of America which helped to successfully lobby the White House to start addressing the problems caused by PBMs. Although the executive orders only address the cost of prescription medications within the Medicare system - it is a big first step in controlling the cost of medicine in the United States.

Dr. Mary Tipton is a meds-peds physician in suburban Salt Lake City, UT and an active member of the Practicing Physicians of America.
show notes

Free2Care: The overarching organization looking to bring the focus back to the patient-physician relationship.

Practicing Physicians of America: The organization with Dr. Tipton that helped encourage the Trump Administration to sign the executive orders.

How Trump's EOs Save Money: An article describing the changes that came about with the executive orders on prescription drug prices and Medicare.

@MDtiptonMD: Twitter handle for Dr. Mary Tipton

Episode 005: A discussion on why we have medication shortages because of PBMs.

Episode 043: How PBMs jack up Drug Prices.

Episode 076: A PBM Not Looking to Rip You Off

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