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Supreme Court must right wrong striking down Md.’s drug price-gouging statute

January 15, 2019

The Supreme Court must restore the authority of Maryland and other states to address the health needs of their people. Nothing short of our constitutional order and public health depend on the Justices doing the right thing.... Read more »

General Assembly 2019: What needs to happen this year and what can wait

January 9, 2019

Maryland had great success last year in shoring up its Affordable Care Act insurance exchange, which saw substantial decreases in premiums for 2019 and, consequently, an increase in enrollment at a time when other states experienced sharp drops. But the work isn’t done. ... Read more »

Statement: Prescription Drug Affordability Successes in Yesterday’s Election

November 7, 2018

When the General Assembly convenes in January, there will be at least twenty-eight senators and eighty-six delegates – a supermajority in both the State Senate and the House of Delegates– who have already endorsed legislation to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board. ... Read more »

LTE: Mathias’ support for prescription cost initiative praised

November 2, 2018

In the race for the Maryland Senate 38th District seat, one candidate stands out for his leadership on an issue that affects virtually every family in this area: the soaring costs of prescription drugs.... Read more »

LTE: Issue of drug costs a factor in ‘Fight for Five’ Maryland Senate races

The article about contested races for the Maryland Senate did not mention a key issue that is resonating with voters in State House races: the soaring costs of prescription drugs. Across the state, people struggle to pay for lifesaving medications.... Read more »

State Lawmakers Will Retool Rx Drug Rate-Setting Commission Bills

November 1, 2018

Inside Health Policy November 1, 2018 By: Rachel Cohrs State lawmakers in Maryland and Minnesota are planning to revamp and reintroduce legislation that would create rate-setting commissions for prescription drugs after bills in both states died last session. New Jersey lawmakers also have introduced bills that are still pending for the state’s 2018-2019 session. Brand […]... Read more »

Drug pricing goes local: State lawmakers around the country are pledging to take on pharma, too

STAT News November 1, 2018 By: Lev Facher WASHINGTON — Frustrated by inaction from the federal government, lawmakers at the state level have taken the issue of drug pricing into their own hands, in many cases turning pharmaceutical industry influence into a signature issue in their local campaigns. In Wisconsin, the Democratic nominee for governor […]... Read more »

Letter to the Editor: The medications don’t work if my patients can’t afford them.

October 30, 2018

As a family physician I write prescriptions every day for medications to help my patients stay healthy — yet more and more of my patients tell me they simply cannot afford their medications.... Read more »

Attorney General Frosh appeals to U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Maryland’s law curbing drug price-gouging

October 19, 2018

The Baltimore Sun By: Michael Dresser October 19, 2018 Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Friday appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an earlier decision by a federal court that struck down a Maryland law to curb unreasonable price increases for generic drugs. The General Assembly passed the so-called “price-gouging” law in 2017 at the […]... Read more »

Maryland attorney general asks Supreme Court to uphold generic price gouging law

Stat By: Ed Silverman OCTOBER 19, 2018 The Maryland Attorney General has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision last spring that a state law enacted to punish generic drug makers for price gouging was unconstitutional. The law permitted the Maryland Medicaid program to notify the state attorney general when an “essential” drug […]... Read more »