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House Passes Two Bills Lifting “Gag Clauses” on Pharmacists; Legislation Could Help Consumers Pay Less for Prescription Drugs

On Tuesday, the House passed legislation to lift “gag clauses” on pharmacists. The bills—S. 2554, Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act and S. 2553, Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018—could help consumers pay less for prescription drugs. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), was approved by the Senate last week. The bills would lift restrictions that currently block pharmacists from telling customers when they can save money on prescriptions by paying out of pocket versus through their health insurance.

The legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. President Trump has expressed his support for the bills.

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