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Push for Bill to Make Prescription Drugs More Affordable

The Washington Post, by Ovetta Wiggins


Also on Tuesday, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) joined several Democratic lawmakers and health care advocates at a news conference in Annapolis to push for a bill to make prescription drugs more affordable.

The bill would require prescription drug companies to disclose how they come up with their prices; notify the public of significant price hikes; and authorize the state attorney general to take legal action to prevent price-gouging. Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore City) and Del. Eric Bromwell (D-Baltimore County) plan to introduce the legislation.

Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative, said the issue needs to be dealt with a state level because there is little expectation of action on a federal level.

“Some say this is a national problem . . . but we don’t believe there is a national solution,” DeMarco said.