Cheaper Prescriptions: “Gag Rules” Banned by Congress


WASHINGTON – Congress passed a bill banning so called gag rules that keep pharmacists from telling you how to save money on some prescriptions. 

Right now, some pharmacists are not allowed to tell patients about cheaper ways to pay for their prescription drugs. 

The gag clauses allow insurers or middlemen that negotiate with drug companies to ban pharmacists from telling patients about certain ways to save money. 

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says banning gag clauses has been a top priority in the Trump administration. 

“We found that unconscionable we acted immediately in the Medicare program to make it clear that was unconscionable and impermissible,” Alex Azar says. 

Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow worked with Republican Senator Susan Collins on the bill. 

The bill is now on President Trump’s desk, awaiting his signature.  

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