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Media Advisory: Cardin to spotlight need to lower prices for prescription drugs

MEDIA ADVISORY

FRIDAY: Cardin to Spotlight Need to Lower Prices for Prescription Drugs

Study shows one-third of patients skipping prescription meds because of costs

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 at 1:30 PM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will visit Baltimore’s Northern Pharmacy and Medical Equipment for a roundtable discussion with community pharmacists, public health experts and patients’ advocates on the fight to lower the cost of prescription drugs. The senator and participants are expected to discuss the negative effects of efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Maryland communities, how current program designs for Medicare and Medicaid are placing barriers between life-saving medications and those who can least afford them, and ongoing efforts to create meaningful legislative reforms to lower drug prices and patient out-of-pocket costs. Following the discussion, which is open to press, the senator and select participants also will hold a brief media availability.

WHAT:         Discussion/Media Availability on Prescription Drug Costs

WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

                      Marty Mintz, CEO, Northern Pharmacy

                      Community Pharmacy Association

                      MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society

                      Health Care for All Coalition

                      AARP Maryland

                      NAACP Maryland

                      1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

WHEN:          Friday, August 23 at 1:30 PM

WHERE:        Northern Pharmacy, 6701 Harford Rd., Baltimore, MD 21234