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Senate panel hears pitch on physician-dispensed generics
Modern Healthcare

Senators on Tuesday mulled a different way to get cheap, generic drugs to patients—encourage physicians to go around insurance plans and buy medications directly from drug wholesalers.Senate health committee chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was struck by Tuesday’s testimony from the co-founder of a direct primary-care practice who described the extremely low prices he can secure for his patients for generic drugs. Physicians in 44 states are able to purchase medications directly from wholesalers, and Alexander said he wanted to learn more about how this practice could spread.