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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 »

Landmark Law Fighting High Cost Of Prescription Drugs

June 12, 2017

A landmark law soon on the books in Maryland is fighting back against soaring prescription drug prices, becoming the first state in the country to make price gouging illegal.... Read more »

Before price gouging law takes effect, advocates hunt for evidence to enforce it

June 5, 2017

The Maryland Citizens Health Initiative launched a website Sunday to collect examples of price increases that could potentially be used to build future cases against drug companies after the law takes effect in October.... Read more »

Hogan lets drug price-gouging bill, dozens others become law without signature

May 31, 2017

Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday he will not block a new law giving the Maryland attorney general's office authority to take generic drug makers to court to challenge allegedly excessive price increases.... Read more »

Hogan vetoes bill to ‘ban the box’ on college applications

Hogan on Friday also allowed dozens of bills to become law without his signature, including one that authorizes state Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) to sue drug companies that dramatically increase the price of drugs... Read more »

Hogan allows drug price-gouging bill to become law

Gov. Larry Hogan will allow to become law a measure that gives the state attorney general the power to sue generic drug manufacturers over price gouging... Read more »

House passes health care bill, setting up harder fight in Senate

May 9, 2017

"We think the Trump-Ryan bill would be a disaster for millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Marylanders," said Vincent DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, ahead of the House vote.... Read more »

Winners and Losers of the General Assembly Session

Vinny DeMarco and the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative: It continues to be the model for mobilizing grass-roots support for progressive legislation in Annapolis. This year it helped enact a one-of-a-kind curb on prescription drug prices that should become a model for other states.... Read more »

“Unconscionable” drug price spikes could soon be stopped in one state

CBS National April 11, 2017 Maryland would be the first state to empower the state’s attorney general to take action to stop pharmaceutical price gouging under a measure given final passage by lawmakers on Monday. The bill sent to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan would enable the attorney general to bring civil actions against manufacturers of off-patent […]... Read more »

Lawmakers approve drug “price gouging” bill

WYPR April 12, 2017 Brendan Reynolds 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 […]... Read more »