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Media Advisory

January 15, 2018

Maryland Health Care For All! Coalition to Announce Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative... Read more »

Maryland to fight pharmacist ‘gag rule’ on drug costs

January 9, 2018

If Maryland succeeds, it would mean that pharmacies would be allowed to inform customers they can pay less for a drug out of pocket than through their insurance. ... Read more »

Maryland legislation targets pharmacist ‘gag rule’ in PBM contracts: 4 things to know

Maryland lawmakers want to eliminate a "gag rule" that forbids pharmacists from sharing better deals on prescription drugs with patients... Read more »

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen Endorses Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative

December 19, 2017

“As an emergency physician, I have seen patients who have had to make the impossible choice between buying life-saving medications and paying for rent or food. As Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner, I see every day the impact on our people of escalating drug prices, including for naloxone which can keep overdoses from leading to death,” said Dr. Leana Wen.... Read more »

Proposal hopes to cut costs for brand name drugs

December 4, 2017

The President of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative also released a statement saying they commend Councilwoman Clarke for introducing the Resolution to the City Council.... Read more »

Advocacy Group to Take Aim at Prescription Drug Prices in MD

November 16, 2017

The Daily Record November 15, 2017 Tim Curtis A year after the General Assembly passed legislation targeting price gouging by generic drug manufacturers, a health care advocacy group will bring forward legislation in 2018 designed to decrease the prices of all prescription drugs, including brand name and specialty drugs. Under the legislation proposed by the […]... Read more »

Bill Target Drug Pricing

MarylandReported.com November 16, 2017 Cynthia Prairie Fresh off the successful enactment of a law limiting generic and off-brand prescription drug price increases, Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, is pushing for greater limitations on name-brand drugs. His organization’s ideas, he says, are popular — and he has the numbers to show it, […]... Read more »

Health Care Advocacy Group Shifts Focus to Name-Brand Drugs

Maryland Matters November 15, 2017 Samuel Manas  Fresh off the successful enactment of a law limiting generic and off-brand prescription drug price increases, Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, is pushing for greater limitations on name-brand drugs. His organization’s ideas, he says, are popular — and he has the numbers to show it. […]... Read more »

Share your story about prescription drug price gouging

November 5, 2017

Thanks to a law passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2017, Attorney General Brian Frosh can take action against pharmaceutical corporations who manufacture generic or off-patent drugs if they raise the price of the drug without justification and in a way that makes it hard for people using the drug to afford it. Are […]... Read more »

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

October 2, 2017

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 »