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Pharmacy benefit managers are middlemen who work with drug companies and insurers, helping set the retail prices for prescription drugs Americans rely on for their health. They're now the subject of a number of new bills in Congress. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced his agency is dropping a proposal intended to lower drug prices. Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Physicians complain that there's not yet a standard drug-pricing tool available to them that includes the range of medicine prices each of their patients might face — one that takes into account their particular pharmacy choice and health insurance plan. Exdez/Getty Images hide caption

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar delivers remarks to reporters while participating in a roundtable about health care prices at the White House on Jan. 23. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Loretta Boesing, of Park Hills, Mo., with her son Wesley, who underwent a liver transplant in 2012. Boesing worried the potency of her son's anti-rejection medicine could have been affected by the extremely hot weather when it was delivered. Alex Smith/KCUR hide caption

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Extreme Temperatures May Pose Risks To Some Mail-Order Meds

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Drug costs are the fastest growing part of state Medicaid budgets. asiseeit/Getty Images hide caption

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States Question Costs Of Middlemen That Manage Medicaid Drug Benefits

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