Arkansas lawmakers created a pharmacy mandate that will force consumers and employers to pay a markup for prescription drugs, writes Michael Carnuccio, president of Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. “The law’s effect is that even though a drugstore may acquire drugs at a discount or receive rebates that result in a lower cost, employee health plans will be prohibited from negotiating reimbursements to pharmacies that reflect the actual cost. This special interest law will now set an arbitrary floor for prices of drugs,” Carnuccio writes. The Journal Record (Oklahoma City, Okla.) (10/22)