Health Advocates, Elected Officials to Announce Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative

Baltimore, MD (January 6, 2017) – On Tuesday, January 10 at 10 a.m. on Lawyers’ Mall in front of the State House in Annapolis, health advocates and elected officials will announce a new Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative.

Attorney General Brian Frosh will join lead sponsors, Senator Joan Carter Conway and Delegate Eric Bromwell, and key statewide community, labor, business. health care and faith leaders to describe new legislation which they will introduce in the 2017 General Assembly Session to help make prescription drugs more affordable for Marylanders.

The proposed bills would require drug corporations to disclose the basis of their high price drugs and notify the public before substantial price increases, and give the Attorney General the authority to take legal action to stop prescription drug price gouging.

“As can be seen by the breadth of the coalition supporting our proposal and by poll results, the vast majority of Marylanders strongly support our Prescription Drug Affordability proposal,” said Vincent DeMarco, President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative.  “We look forward to working closely with Attorney General Brian Frosh and our lead sponsors, Senator Joan Carter Conway and Delegate Eric Bromwell, as well as Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz who knows first hand how escalating drug prices are hurting local government budgets.  Together, we will all make this life-saving proposal a reality.”

The Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative will also unveil a new radio ad campaign in support of the legislative proposal.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Lawyers’ Mall, outside of the State House, (Bladen St. and College Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401)

WHO:  Brian Frosh, Attorney General of Maryland

Senator Joan Carter Conway, Maryland State Senate—District 43
Delegate Eric Bromwell, Maryland House of Delegates—District 8
Delegate Cheryl Glenn, Maryland House of Delegates—District 45, Chairman, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
Honorable Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive
Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner
Dr. Stephen Rockower, President, MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society
Gerald Stansbury, President, Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches
Hank Greenberg, Executive Director, AARP Maryland
Rev. Mary Gaut, Ecumenical Leaders Group of Maryland
Vincent DeMarco, President, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative

The Health Care for All! Coalition is a broad-based coalition of over 1200 faith, labor, business and community groups that have been working to guarantee all Marylanders access to quality, affordable health care.  To learn more, visit

Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative Radio Ad #1

Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative Radio Ad #2


Last modified: January 10, 2017