Drug Prices - Gag Rule At Pharmacy About Lower Prices?


I came across very interesting two minute 15 sec video and also on the same web page an article on a different subject regarding the gag rule for prescription drugs. I felt both the article and video were very informative and worth reading and/or viewing.

Disclaimer: There may be be a random commercial, (possibly even political?) preceding the video. I have no affiliation with any of these commercials and I just ignore them altogether myself and recommend you do the same.

When gag clauses are in effect, pharmacists are barred from telling consumers about less expensive price options because of the clauses in their contracts with PBMs. The clauses specifically prevent pharmacists from discussing less costly alternatives, including therapeutically similar drugs.

Some specific states already have their own state laws banning the gag rules. Many states have bills introduced into legislation in 2018 or passed already. 

"In the past two years, at least 21 states have enacted laws prohibiting "gag rules" on pharmacists, according to the Prescription Drug Resource Center of the National Conference of State Legislators. The most recent legislation was passed in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia between March and May.”1


Click the web link below to read view short video or read article.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/11/health/pharmacy-gag-rule-trump-lower-drug-prices/index.html


Click on web link below for related article in the local Sarasota Herald-Tribune

https://www.heraldtribune.com/zz/news/20180925/pharmacists-may-soon-be-allowed-to-tell-you-cheapest-way-to-get-prescriptions



1. Source: Article By Sandee LaMotte, CNN - Updated 7:53 PM ET, May 11, 2018
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/11/health/pharmacy-gag-rule-trump-lower-drug-prices/index.html


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