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10 Issues for the 2020 General Assembly Session

January 9, 2020

Maryland has a new prescription drug affordability board … however the board must come up with a way to fund its own operations. The bill crafting a funding mechanism was originally expected in 2021, but the head of the panel said Monday he wants it done this year.... Read more »

Prescription Drug Affordability

The Prescription Drug Affordability Board is beginning its work by reviewing drug costs in the state and hearing public concerns about making prescription drugs affordable. Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative President Vincent DeMarco explains how you can make your voice heard.... Read more »

Maryland’s Path to a Prescription Drug Affordability Board

July 1, 2019

This year Maryland became the first state in the nation to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board. The law’s July 1st enactment marked the culmination of a multi-year, grassroots effort based on the recognition of a simple truth that pharmaceutical manufacturers have long ignored: drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them.... Read more »

Prescription Drug Affordability Board advances in House

March 27, 2019

“The goal of the board is to make drugs the most affordable they can be,” said Del. Bonnie Cullison, D-Montgomery, chair of the Insurance and Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee...... Read more »

Maryland could soon have a prescription drug affordability board

March 26, 2019

The drug industry's leading trade group, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, opposes the legislation...... Read more »

WBFF Fox 45: Making Rx more affordable in MD

WBFF Fox 45 March 26, 2019 Vinny DeMarco from the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative joins Fox45 to talk about the push to make prescription drugs in Maryland more affordable.... Read more »

Maryland Panel to Curb Prescription Drug Prices

March 25, 2019

The House Health and Government Operations Committee voted 20-3 Friday to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board.... Read more »

Media Advisory

February 14, 2019

Health Care Advocates Win Major Support from Faith Leaders for Prescription Drug Affordability Board Legislation... Read more »

States Rush to Rein In Prescription Costs, and Drug Companies Fight Back

August 20, 2018

In a lengthy dissent, Judge James A. Wynn Jr. said that Maryland should be able to protect the health and welfare of its citizens. The court, he said, was accepting the drug companies’ view that they were “constitutionally entitled to impose conscience-shocking price increases” on consumers.... Read more »

Federal appeals court deals another setback to Maryland drug price-gouging law

July 26, 2018

Baltimore Sun July 25, 2018 By: Pamela Wood A federal appeals court has dealt another setback to a Maryland law aimed at limiting price spikes for generic drugs. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied the request of Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh for a re-hearing of a challenge to the law before the […]... Read more »