Sarbanes calls insulin-pricing system “hocus pocus”

WASHINGTON – Maryland Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes on Wednesday criticized insulin producers for their lack of transparency in setting prices. “I do not buy the argument that the patient is going to be worse off, the consumer is going to…

County Execs, Baltimore Mayor join in call for drug affordability board

As a social media campaign was launched on Wednesday, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh joined with the County Executives from Howard, Harford and Anne Arundel Counties in calling on state lawmakers to approve legislation creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board to help bring down the cost of drugs.

Maryland lawmakers promise to fight Trump “tooth and nail” after SOTU

By JULIA LERNER, JULIA KARRON, JAROD GOLUB, ABBY WALLISCH and HANNAH YASHAROFF Capital News Service WASHINGTON – Maryland’s Democratic lawmakers pushed back against President Donald Trump’s rhetoric in his first State of the Union address, calling for action and not…

Maryland officials tout new generic drug price-gouging law

Following Maryland’s recent efforts as the first state to enact a law that protects consumers from prescription drug price-gouging, local leaders and health care advocates on Tuesday highlighted the benefits of the legislation and urged Marylanders to share their personal stories about drug affordability.

Congressman Cummings leads latest push to bring down prescription drug prices

Maryland 7th Congressional District Representative Elijah Cummings, along several other members of the House and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, take aim at President Trump for failing to follow-through on his promise to support the battle to bring down the cost of prescription drugs.

Officials: Cutting prescriptions, alternative treatments keys to easing opioid crisis

WASHINGTON – Reducing prescribed pain medications and innovations in non-opioid treatments could help ease the opioid epidemic, according to top federal drug and public health officials. Drug overdoses in the United States have nearly tripled over the last two decades.…

State lawmakers asked to help with battle against skyrocketing drug prices

ANNAPOLIS–Imagine having a life threatening condition and not being able to afford the cost of your prescription drugs? That’s a very real problem for many Marylanders. The legislature is being asked to approve a series of bills aimed at providing…

House committee discusses combatting heroin epidemic

Baltimore City’s health commissioner joins a panel updating the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the growing problem of abuse of illegal opioids, like heroin, as well as controlled substances, like oxycodone.