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WBAL-TV: State seeks stories of prescription drug price gouging


By Deborah Weiner (11/1/2017)

Maryland leaders are seeking stories of prescription drug price gouging as a new law gives authorities, in some cases, the ability to prohibit the practice.

The high cost of prescription drugs, including the generic and off-patent drugs, is a common complaint state officials receive.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said making prescription drugs affordable is a public health priority, and now a new law will protect residents from extraordinary price increases.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined the Maryland State Medical Society, the Maryland Health Care for All Coalition and others to highlight the new landmark law prohibiting price gouging.

The new law states that when the price of a generic drug rises by an unconscionable amount, the attorney general has the ability to go to court and enjoin that increase. And state officials want people to share their stories of how the escalating prices have hurt them or their families.

"We are looking for the stories of folks who have been subjected to unconscionable increases of the drugs on which they depend to survive. We believe we can use this law to help maintain costs in Maryland," Frosh said.

Wen said enforcement of the law will help ensure prescription drugs remain accessible and affordable.

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