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2018 Pharmaceutical Legislation

Click on highlighted states to see all legislative action to regulate pharmaceutical price and competition in the 2018 session.

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Price Gouging Prohibition

Price gouging prohibitions typically empower the state Attorney General to act if the price of a drug is raised above a threshold. Click on highlighted states to see legislation considered in the 2018 session. See The Source’s Spotlight on 2018 State Drug Laws Part 4 for more information.

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  •  Maryland (2017)
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  •  Considered
  •  No Legislative Session

Pharmaceutical Rate-Setting Legislation

Rate setting legislation either establishes the price of a prescription drug or sets the maximum amount a payer can pay for a drug. Click on highlighted states to see rate-setting legislation considered or enacted in the 2018 session. See The Source’s Spotlight on 2018 State Drug Legislation Part 2 for a detailed analysis.

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Drug Pricing Transparency

Pharmaceutical price transparency legislation requires disclosures from drug manufacturers and insurers to help lawmakers and the public better understand how drugs are priced and how those prices affect insurance premiums. See The Source’s Spotlight on 2018 State Drug Legislation Part 5 for more information.

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  •  Enacted in 2017
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  •  Considered
  •  No Legislative Session

Pharmacy Gag Clause Regulation

Gag clause regulation includes laws that allow pharmacists to disclose costs to insured patients and those that prohibit pharmacists from collecting more in cost-sharing from the insured patient than the cash price. See The Source’s Spotlight on 2018 State Drug Legislation Part 3 and 2018 legislation chart for more information.

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  •  Existing Law
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  •  No Legislative Session

Pharmacy Benefit Manager Regulation

Legislation to regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) typically include provisions that 1) require PBMs to register with the state, 2) mandate disclosures by PBMs, or 3) prevent PBMs from incentivizing the use of mail-order pharmacies. See the Source’s Spotlight on 2018 State Drug Legislation Part 6 for more information. *Note: Legislation included here do not include any bills relating only to PBMs in a state Medicaid program or bills that contain only bans on pharmacist gag-clauses (see The Source’s gag-clause map or blog post).

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  •  Enacted
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  •  No Legislative Session

Drug Importation Legislation

Click on highlighted states to see drug importation legislation considered or enacted in the 2018 session. For more information, see The Source’s Spotlight on 2018 State Drug Legislation, with a specific analysis of Vermont’s law passed in 2018.

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  •  Enacted
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  •  No Legislative Session

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