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Under current practice, in many cases, pharmacy staff are not allowed to talk in detail to customers about pricing, or reveal the real cost of the medication they’re buying, under threat of losing their contracts with pharmacy benefit managers and insurers.
Douglas Anderson is a professor of pharmacy practice at Cedarville University. He said there is a great need for regulatory reform, and this plan is a good first step.
“If we can help some patients by lifting the so called gag order from the pharmacies so they can discuss what the cash price will be for a particular prescription that would be a good thing,” Anderson said.
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The plan has the backing of the Ohio Pharmacists Association.
At Wednesday’s news conference at the Statehouse, the pharmacists association credited investigative reporting from the Dayton Daily News and other media outlets for spurring the need for action on prescription pricing.
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