The Task Force on the Regulation of Pharmacy Benefit Managers met October 22-23, 2013, at NABP Headquarters. This task force was established in response to Resolution 109-3-13, Review and Revise the Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Regarding Pharmacy Benefit Managers, which was approved by the NABP membership at the Association’s 109th Annual Meeting in May 2013.

NOTE: The NABP Executive Committee accepted all of the recommendations of this Task Force with the exception of Recommendation 5:

  • Upon review of the information pertaining to the Recommendation, the Executive Committee determined that the development of a patient reporting system for collecting consumer concerns regarding Pharmacy Benefits Managers related to the practice of pharmacy to be outside the realm of NABP and that the cost and infrastructure required for NABP to internally develop such a system is prohibitive.

Review of the Task Force Charge

Task force members reviewed their charge and accepted it as follows:

  1. Review existing current state laws and regulations addressing the regulation of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).
  2. Identify activities in which PBMs engage that may be construed to fall under the definition of the Practice of Pharmacy.
  3. Review and, if necessary, recommend amending the Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (Model Act) to address appropriate regulation of pharmacy benefit managers.

View the Task Force’s recommendations in the full report (PDF).