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Senate Passes Bill To Ban ‘Gag Clauses’ And Free Pharmacists To Discuss Drug Pricing Options

(STAT) Sept 17, 2018 - The Senate on Monday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would let pharmacists inform consumers when it’s cheaper to buy a drug without insurance, as lawmakers inched closer to delivering the Trump administration a win — albeit a small one — in the effort to lower drug prices.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: October 15, 2018)

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I have to wonder who the 2 negative votes are, and why did they oppose the bill. I also wonder how deep this regulation will go. If States have already passed similar bills, and the practice is still prevalent, there must be a loophole. Is that Loop hole in the contracting between the pharmacies and the network administrators, or by pharmacy corporate headquarters due to volume purchase agreements? I think there has to be more here than just passing a regulation to open up the lower price gates.

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