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Posts from — May 2017

Maryland on-track to give attorney general power to sue for drug price-gouging

May 9, 2017

Washington Post April 10, 2017 Ovetta Wiggins and Josh Hicks Maryland could become the first state to give its attorney general the power to take legal action against drug companies that dramatically increase the price of off-patent or generic drugs under a measure that is moving through the General Assembly. Attorney General Brian E. Frosh […]... 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 »

Maryland Lawmakers Approve Bill To Fight Drug Price-Gouging

Reuters and Huffington Post April 10, 2017 Ian Simpson  Maryland lawmakers have passed a first-in-the-nation measure that lets the state attorney general sue generic drug makers that sharply raise prices in a move aimed at fighting what legislators call “price-gouging.” The bill overwhelmingly was approved by the Democratic-controlled legislature on Monday and hailed by Maryland […]... Read more »

Maryland lawmakers send bill on drug price gouging to Hogan

Baltimore Business Journal April 10, 2017 Morgan Eichensehr The Maryland General Assembly has passed a bill intended to fight unwarranted price hikes on “essential” generic drugs. If signed by Gov. Larry Hogan, the bill would make it illegal for generic drug manufacturers to engage in price gouging — defined as an “unconscionable increase in price” […]... 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 »

Md. lawmakers pass prescription drug price gouging bill

Daily Record April 10, 2017 Brian Sears A first-of-its-kind bill that authorizes the Maryland attorney general to file lawsuit against drug manufactures over suspected price gouging will head to the governor’s desk. House Bill 631 prohibits drug manufacturers from unconscionable price increases on off-patent generic drugs — those that cannot be directly tied to costs to the […]... Read more »

With end of session flurry, lawmakers send almost 950 bills to Governor’s desk

Frederick News Post April 11, 2017 By Danielle Gaines ANNAPOLIS — As the General Assembly’s 2017 session wrapped up Monday, Maryland lawmakers were the first in the country to pass legislation in certain areas. On Monday morning, lawmakers became the first to pass a bill that prohibits price gouging for essential generic prescription drugs. It […]... 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 »