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Posts from — October 2017

Pharma balked when Maryland tried to regulate prescription drug costs; now they have to contend with California

October 16, 2017

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed October 10, 2017   Generic drug manufacturers suffered a setback in court late last month when a federal judge dismissed one half of their argument against a new Maryland law regulating price gouging and cast doubt on the other. They suffered an even bigger one Monday when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed […]... Read more »

Maryland’s Attorney General plans to sue Trump admin over health care order

Fox 45 News Alexa Ashwell October 14, 2017 (WBFF) — The Maryland Attorney General announced via Twitter his office intends to sue the Trump Administration following the President’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that lowers out of pocket costs. “Trumps threatens the health of more than 400K Marylanders. We will sue […]... Read more »

Judge: Maryland can act against drug price-gouging, for now

October 2, 2017

ABC News Brian Witte September 29, 2017 An effort by drug makers to block Maryland’s first-in-the-nation law against pharmaceutical price gouging was denied by a federal judge on Friday. A group representing makers of generic prescription drugs sought to stop the law from taking effect this Sunday, calling it an “unconstitutional overreach” that will create […]... Read more »

Judge: Maryland Can Act Against Drug Price-Gouging, for Now

US News & World Report Brian Witte September 29, 2017 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An effort by drug makers to block Maryland’s first-in-the-nation law against pharmaceutical price gouging was denied by a federal judge on Friday. A group representing makers of generic prescription drugs sought to stop the law from taking effect this Sunday, calling […]... Read more »

Judge refuses to block Maryland price-gouging law

Baltimore Sun Michael Dresser September 29, 2017 Opponents of a new law allowing Maryland to challenge generic drug price-gouging lost the first round of a legal battle Friday as a federal judge refused to block the measure. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis turned down a plea by a pharmaceutical industry group to issue an […]... Read more »

Maryland ‘price gouging’ drug law set to take effect Sunday

Washington Examiner Kimberly Leonard September 28, 2017 The first state law going after the price of prescription drugs is set to go into effect in Maryland on Sunday, but a judge could still act to suspend the law. “We’re seeking an injunction and we’re waiting on a ruling,” said Rachel Schwartz, spokeswoman for the Association […]... Read more »

Judge allows drug ‘price gouging’ law to go into effect in Maryland

Washington Examiner Kimberly Leonard September 29, 2017 A federal judge on Friday refused to block a Maryland law aimed at expensive generic drug pricing from going into effect. The dismissal is a blow to the Association for Accessible Medicines, which represents generics and initiated the lawsuit. The organization said it was reviewing the decision. U.S. […]... Read more »

Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs

Washington Post Shefali Luthra September 29, 2017 Lawmakers in Maryland are daring to legislate where their federal counterparts have not: As of Sunday, the state will be able to sue drug companies over price spikes. A new law, the first of its kind in the country, empowers the state’s attorney general to step in if […]... Read more »

Judge clears way for Maryland drug price-gouging law

NASDAQ Deena Beasley September 29, 2017 Sept 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. District Court judge on Friday cleared the way for Maryland to implement the nation’s first law designed to penalize drugmakers for price gouging by denying the generic drug industry trade group’s request for an injunction. The state’s new law will go into effect […]... Read more »

Judge: Maryland can act against drug price-gouging, for now

Star Tribune Brian Witte September 29, 2017 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An effort by drug makers to block Maryland’s first-in-the-nation law against pharmaceutical price gouging was denied by a federal judge on Friday. A group representing makers of generic prescription drugs sought to stop the law from taking effect this Sunday, calling it an “unconstitutional overreach” […]... Read more »