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Pharma balked when Maryland tried to regulate prescription drug costs; now they have to contend with California

October 16, 2017

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed October 10, 2017   Generic drug manufacturers suffered a setback in court late last month when a federal judge dismissed one half of their argument against a new Maryland law regulating price gouging and cast doubt on the other. They suffered an even bigger one Monday when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed […]... Read more »

Judge: Maryland Can Act Against Drug Price-Gouging, for Now

October 2, 2017

US News & World Report Brian Witte September 29, 2017 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — 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 […]... Read more »

Judge refuses to block Maryland price-gouging law

Baltimore Sun Michael Dresser September 29, 2017 Opponents of a new law allowing Maryland to challenge generic drug price-gouging lost the first round of a legal battle Friday as a federal judge refused to block the measure. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis turned down a plea by a pharmaceutical industry group to issue an […]... 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 »

Ending price gouging is the correct prescription

July 18, 2017

Baltimore Sun Stanley Rodbell July 13, 2017 In his commentary, “Marylanders misled by drug pricing bill” (July 12), Chester “Chip” Davis Jr. complains that generics are unreasonably targeted by the new bill. His claim is wrong. Contrary to the generic manufacturers saying that they are the “good guys,” they’re not. I just bought a generic drug in […]... Read more »

Fighting for fair drug prices

Baltimore Sun Brian J. Feldman July 13, 2017 Contrary to Chester Davis Jr.’s recent commentary in this esteemed newspaper, Maryland’s new price-gouging law, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, will help thousands of Marylanders as they struggle to afford to pay for their prescription drugs (“Marylanders misled by drug pricing bill,” July 11). We have all […]... Read more »