End Gag Orders that Force People to Pay More for Prescription Drugs
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What if you went to pick up your prescriptions at the drug store, and the pharmacist failed to tell you that you could get your medication for $10, $20 or sometimes even $100+ cheaper?
This happens a lot more frequently then people think -- it might have even happened to you. And the reason? Gag orders that pharmacy benefit companies place on pharmacists that bind them from telling patients that they could get their drugs for cheaper prices.
The President and a host of bipartisan lawmakers have said this practice needs to end. Yet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services stopped short of requiring that these gag orders stop immediately. In the meantime, thousands of people could be paying way more for their drugs because of these gag orders.
It's time to send a message to big pharma and demand that Medicare and Medicaid put in place policies that prohibit and end these unjust gag orders than punish people in need of medication.
There's already movement on this issue -- several states have already moved to ban these gag orders and legislation has even been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would end the practice of big pharma placing gag orders on pharmacists. But big pharma is fighting back -- even suing to prevent a North Dakota bill that bans gag orders from becoming law.
It's not right -- pharmacists shouldn't be forced to lie to patients about drug prices by greedy pharmacy benefit corporations, and patients shouldn't have to shell out more money than they have to for already expensive drugs.
Tell the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to not just pay lip service to condemning these gag orders, but to enacting real policy that ends their practice entirely in the health care industry.
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