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How the drug industry blew it in MD

June 28, 2017

As Attorney General Frosh said, “The pharmaceutical companies are extremely powerful and they’re usually able to kill bills like this. But they weren’t able to this time because people are really feeling the pain, and because of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative’s excellent organizing skills.”... Read more »

Lawmakers approve drug “price gouging” bill

April 13, 2017

Hours before adjourning for the year, state lawmakers approved a first in the nation bill that would allow Maryland’s Attorney General to sue the makers of generic drugs over sharp rice increases—or price gouging. It was part of an effort to hold down the sharply escalating prices of generic prescription drugs. ... Read more »

Maryland General Assembly pushes hundreds of bills to passage on final day

April 11, 2017

The Maryland General Assembly pushed hundreds of bills across the finish line Monday, concluding its 437th session by passing legislation that would make the state's attorney general the first in the country with power to sue drug companies for price gouging.... Read more »

Maryland General Assembly passes bill aimed at drug ‘price gouging’

The General Assembly passed a bill that would give the state attorney general powers to sue drug manufacturers that dramatically raise prices, a first-in-the-nation measure aimed at protecting patients from what the measure brands "price gouging."... Read more »

Maryland Lawmakers Pass Generic Drug Price Gouging Bill

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 »

A step to stop price gouging

Pennsylvania lawmakers should follow the lead of their Maryland colleagues and empower the state attorney general to help create the deterrence that is needed to preclude price-gouging on life-saving medications.... Read more »

Maryland lawmakers send bill on drug price gouging to Hogan

If signed by Gov. Larry Hogan, the bill would make it illegal for generic drug manufacturers to engage in price gouging — defined as an "unconscionable increase in price" — for certain prescription drugs. Manufacturers would be required to submit documents to the Attorney General's office proving the validity of any major price increases and those found in violation of the law could be subject to penalties including a $10,000 fine.... 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 »

Maryland Lawmakers’ Final Efforts Before 90-Day Session Ends

The General Assembly considered 2,800 bills this session, and Monday night, they were going through the last of them. There were some landmark decisions, as Maryland is the first state to empower the attorney general to go after off drug companies for price gouging.... Read more »

Generic drug price gouging could be penalized in bill sent to Hogan

The House voted 137-2 for the bill, HB631, and the Senate approved it on Friday 38-7 with a handful of Republicans joining the Democratic majority. All but a few GOP delegates supported the measure.... Read more »