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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 »

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 »

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 »

Drug industry on tenterhooks as Maryland price-gouging law nears

September 18, 2017

Reuters September 15, 2017 Deena Beasley (Reuters) – As U.S. consumer outrage grows over prescription drug prices, state authorities and patient advocates in Maryland are preparing to enforce the nation’s first law designed to punish drugmaker price-gouging. The state Attorney General’s office said it will field complaints and investigate “unconscionable increases” in essential generic medicines […]... Read more »

Don’t let pharma take down a new Maryland price gouging law

September 11, 2017

Washington Post Jeremy A. Greene – Op-Ed September 8th 2017 Jeremy A. Greene is a professor of medicine and the history of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the author of “Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine.” In May, Maryland became the first state to take action against the alarming trend […]... Read more »

Maryland Lawmakers Pass Generic Drug Price Gouging Bill

April 11, 2017

The Maryland bill would target generic drugmakers who hike the wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) of their drug by 50% or more in one year, or if the WAC is more than $80, or if three or fewer drugmakers are actively manufacturing and marketing the drug.... Read more »

Maryland lawmakers OK measure to fight drug price gouging

Doug Mayer, a spokesman for the Republican governor, said Hogan will review the bill before deciding whether to sign it. The Democrat-led legislature passed the measure with bipartisan support in both houses, more than enough to override a veto by the governor. The vote was 38-7 in the Senate and 137-2 in the House.... Read more »

MD health group attacks high costs of prescription drugs

September 28, 2016

With EpiPens and other prescription drugs rising in cost, families who desperately need them but do not have health insurance are bearing a huge financial burden, according to community advocates.... Read more »