STAT+: Republicans are using the FTC’s Lina Khan as an excuse for opposing drug pricing bills

WASHINGTON — Congress’s efforts to get more information on the business practices of pharmacy benefit managers are running into an unlikely roadblock: Republicans’ dislike of Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan.

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing Thursday on a bipartisan bill that aims to get the drug middlemen to tell the FTC how much money they make through pharmacy fees and “spread pricing,” a practice of charging insurers more for drugs than the PBMs pay pharmacies, and pocketing the difference.

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