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Hogan allows drug price-gouging bill to become law

May 31, 2017

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 »

Bill would allow AG to pursue drug companies for price gouging

WBAL  Apri 10, 2017 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland state Senate passed legislation Friday that gives the state attorney general authority to pursue companies that price gouge generic drugs. The legislation is the first of its kind in the nation, and it’s designed to be a deterrent. Lawmakers are hearing the public outcry. The cost […]... Read more »

Bills Head To Governor’s Desk, Following General Assembly Session

WJZ Baltimore April 10, 2017 Pat Warren BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This year’s 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly has officially concluded. On Monday, lawmakers were making the final push for bills to become laws. The General Assembly considered 2,800 bills this session, and Monday night, they were going through the last of them. There […]... Read more »

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

Maryland Reporter April 10, 2017 By Dan Menefee A prohibition on generic drug price gouging now heads to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk for signature after the House concurred in Senate amendments Monday morning. 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 […]... Read more »

Maryland lawmakers OK measure to fight drug price gouging

April 11, 2017

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 »

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 »