West Applauds State Order To Prohibit Gag Rules On Pharmacists, Reduce Cost Of Prescription Drugs
Canton-area lawmaker urges colleagues to pass bipartisan HB 479 to make order permanent
April 04, 2018
 
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State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today applauded the Ohio Department of Insurance’s order to prohibit Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM) from imposing gag rules to prevent pharmacists from informing consumers when they are overpaying for prescription drugs.


“I applaud the Department of Insurance’s decision to put hard-earned money back in the hands of consumers by prohibiting PBM gag orders on local pharmacists that effectively jack up the price of prescription drugs,” said Rep. West. “While we welcome this long overdue order, we must take the next step and pass HB 479 to ensure that Ohio consumers are protected under the law and not simply at the whim of whomever controls the governor’s office.”


West recently introduced House Bill (HB) 479, a bipartisan plan that would strengthen consumer protections and work to reduce the cost of prescription drugs in the Buckeye State.


Lawmakers referred HB 479 to the House Government and Oversight Committee, where it has received one hearing.

 
 
 
  
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