US Senate passes bill removing ‘gag rules’ from pharmacists

US Senate passes bill removing ‘gag rules’ from pharmacists

News 12 New Jersey

NORTH BERGEN -New Jersey residents could be able to get cheaper prescriptions thanks to a bill recently passed by the United States Senate.

The bill removes the “gag rule” that prevents pharmacists from telling customers about cheaper prescription options. These rules were usually clauses in their contracts from the Pharmaceutical Benefit Managers, who manage most of the country's prescription drug programs.

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The bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez.

“We’re going to keep fighting for solutions to deliver real savings to New Jersey families,” Menendez says.

Pharmacists say that this is a crucial change for patients, who simply refuse their medication when they can’t afford it.

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