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New Details About Wicomico County's PBM

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SALISBURY, Md. - WMDT is now learning more information about Wicomico County's pharmacy benefits plan.

According to CareFirst senior director of external and internal communications Michael Sullivan, the county has its health coverage with CareFirst, which switched its pharmacy benefit manager to CVS-Caremark.

"What is important to know, is that CVS Caremark – in this role – processes pharmacy claims and manages associated matters," Sullivan said in an email.  

Wicomico County public information officer Tamara Lee-Brooks says this applies not just to county employees, but all Maryland employers who use CareFirst.

Because of the change, there was some concern about where employees can get their prescriptions. Sullivan and Lee-Brooks both confirm that employees will still be able to get their prescriptions at a number of pharmacies, including CVS and other local ones, but the only limit will be on mail orders, which are done through CVS.

Lee-Brooks says only one percent of the more than 600 employees use mail-order pharmacies.

See below for our coverage on local pharmacies and PBMs:

Underlying Costs: Pharmacists "Swallow Pill" On 5 Percent Of Scripts

Part 2: Gift Shops, Pet Meds Make Up Costs Of PBM Contracts

 

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