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MD Lawmakers Urged to Quash Veto of Nation’s First Drug-Pricing Board

Public News Service
By: Diane Bernard
May 12, 2020


“The first-in-the-nation board was established last year by lawmakers to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, an effort even more important now during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Vinny DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative. He said he’s disappointed by the veto of a bill that provides a loan that will be repaid through an assessment of drug companies.

“It is just completely baffling that Gov. Hogan would veto a bill which would pay back the state money and fund a really smart way to make prescription drugs more affordable,” DeMarco said. “It seems he’s taking the side of prescription-drug corporations against people who need their prescription drugs.”

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