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Lower Prescription Costs
AUGUSTA - Rep. Hannah Pingree (D-North Haven) recently co-sponsored three bills concerning various aspects of prescription drug pricing. The legislation, LDs 88, 102 and 1256, were heard in public hearing on Monday, March 24, 2003 at the Augusta Civic Center.
LD 88 would require that pharmacy benefit plan bids be solicited from nonprofit pharmacy benefit managers for the state employee health insurance program, and for a health or pharmacy benefits program administered by the state. LD 102 would require that the label and receipt for the purchase of a prescription drug disclose the full retail price of the drug, and the payments of the patient and any 3rd party payor. LD 1256 would restrict the offer of gifts or other inducements by a drug manufacturer or distributor to a health care practitioner or provider.
Rep. Pingree said, "Consumer information is not a right that we should have to pay for, particularly not at such a high price."
The work session for these bills has been scheduled for Monday, March 31 beginning at 1 p.m. in room 202 of the Cross Building.
Rep. Hannah Pingree, 867-2336
Casey Johnson, Legislative Aide, 287-1430
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