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A step to stop price gouging

April 11, 2017

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 »

Maryland Legislature addresses prescription drug cost

February 16, 2017

Maryland is now ground zero in the battle over curbing the cost of prescription medication, and the fight is also taking place over the air waves.... Read more »

Md. health officials call for drug affordability legislation

About 300 generic drugs’ prices more than doubled from 2010 to 2015, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Moreover, the report found that the “price increases generally persisted for at least one year” after the initial hike.... Read more »

Health care advocates make pitch for bills to block drug price hikes

The General Assembly is considering a pair of bills. One would require drug companies to give notice of and explain significant price hikes. The other would authorize the attorney general to sue makers of generic drugs who engage in price gouging.... Read more »

Lawmakers target escalating drug prices

January 26, 2017

Maryland House and Senate Democrats are moving to stamp out prescription drug price gouging and force drug makers to reveal how their drugs are priced. ... Read more »

Maryland Lawmakers Push to Rein in Drug Prices

January 11, 2017

The pair of bills are backed by some top Democrats, the Legislative Black Caucus and an array of interest groups representing doctors, seniors and minorities.... Read more »