Drug-Pricing Transparency Bill Signed by President
Legislation forbids "gag clauses"
For years, pharmacists have been prevented from telling customers about money-saving possibilities when it comes to pharmaceuticals under a so-called “gag clause.” President Trump has now signed a bipartisan bill that forbids those gag clauses, so pharmacists may let their customers know that, in some cases, by paying cash for their prescriptions, instead of relying on their insurance and making a co-payment, they can save money.
“Our great citizens deserve to know the lowest price available at our pharmacies,” President Trump said at the legislation-signing ceremony.
The bipartisan bill was co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri. The measure received overwhelming support in Congress.
A separate bill that says Medicare cannot forbid pharmacies from explaining money-saving measures was also signed by the president.
“If there’s anything bipartisan, it’s lowering drug prices,” President Trump said.
- That members of Congress would be able to act in the same bipartisan way on other issues.
- For consumers of pharmaceuticals to be quick to ask their pharmacists about money-saving measures.