Law­mak­ers OK mea­sure to fight drug price goug­ing

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Mary­land would be the first state to em­power the state’s at­tor­ney gen­eral to take ac­tion to stop phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal price goug­ing, un­der a mea­sure given fi­nal pas­sage by law­mak­ers on Mon­day.

The bill sent to Gov. Larry Ho­gan would en­able the at­tor­ney gen­eral to bring civil ac­tions against man­u­fac­tur­ers of off-patent or generic drugs that make an “un­con­scionable” price in­crease — de­scribed as an ex­ces­sive in­crease un­jus­ti­fied by the cost of pro­duc­ing or dis­tribut­ing the drug.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers could face a fine of up to $10,000 per vi­o­la­tion. The at­tor­ney gen­eral would be able to re­quest ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion from the cor­po­ra­tions that in­sti­tuted the price in­creases to help de­ter­mine if price goug­ing has oc­curred.

The Demo­crat-led leg­is­la­ture passed the mea­sure with bi­par­ti­san support in both houses, more than enough to over­ride a veto by the gov­er­nor. The vote was 38-7 in the Se­nate and 137-2 in the House.

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