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Pharma lobbyists flooded Maryland to block a drug-pricing bill. Opponents pushed back — and won

April 11, 2019

Drug pricing advocates considered it nothing short of a triumph this past Monday when, with an hour remaining before their 2019 session expired, lawmakers passed a first-of-its kind law to create a state board that could cap payments for ultra-expensive prescription drugs.... Read more »

Urge Governor Hogan to Sign HB 768, the Prescription Drug Affordability Board Bill!

April 9, 2019

Drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them. Please urge Governor Hogan to sign HB768 into law. ... Read more »

Media Advisory

Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative (MCHI) today offered congratulations to the Maryland General Assembly for passing two pieces of landmark legislation to improve health care in the state.... Read more »

Clock ticking on lower prescription drug prices

April 4, 2019

It’s time for the General Assembly to stand with the people — those across the state who simply can’t afford to pay more for their medications — to make prescription drugs more affordable for Marylanders.... Read more »

A Pill the Senate Needs to Swallow

The legislation, designed to create a new oversight board that would address the high cost of prescription drugs, is only halfway through the General Assembly–it has not yet passed the Senate. The legislative session ends on April 8.... Read more »

Creation of Prescription Affordability Board Up to Md. Senate

With less than a week left before the 90-day Maryland General Assembly ends Monday, it’s up to the Senate whether to create an independent board to oversee the costs of prescription drugs.... Read more »

House Committee Approves Legislation to Create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board

April 2, 2019

The House Health and Government Operations Committee voted 20-3 to approve House Bill 768, sponsored by Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board. It would address the high cost of prescription drugs by setting limits on how much the state and local governments pay for high-costs medications. ... Read more »

Md. House Approves Creation of Prescription Affordability Board

March 28, 2019

The House of Delegates on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a measure to create a board that supporters say would protect those against the high cost of prescription drugs.... Read more »

Prescription Drug Affordability Board advances in Maryland House

HB768 would establish a Prescription Drug Affordability Board – the first in the nation — to establish upper limits on payment for high-cost medication with the aim of reducing costs.... Read more »

It’s Maryland’s chance to lead on drug prices

The House of Delegates voted 98-40 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would create a prescription drug affordability board, a body that would be empowered to evaluate the cost of particularly expensive medications, or those whose prices increase significantly.... Read more »