Senate passes Wyden bill to ensure fair prices at the pharmacy counter

The Senate unanimously passed on Wednesday a measure that would prohibit Medicare Part D plans from restricting a pharmacy's ability to provide drug price information when there is a difference between the cost of the drug under the plan and the cost of the drug when bought without insurance, according to bill's sponsor, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

The Senate unanimously passed on Wednesday a measure that would prohibit Medicare Part D plans from restricting a pharmacy's ability to provide drug price information when there is a difference between the cost of the drug under the plan and the cost of the drug when bought without insurance, according to bill's sponsor, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). "Pharma middlemen have been taking advantage of America's broken drug pricing system for too long—banning pharmacists from telling customers the lowest available price for their medication is another flagrant example," Wyden said. "I'm pleased that the Senate was able to say loud and clear that this practice has to stop." Other sponsors of the "Know the Lowest Price Act" are U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), John Barrasso (R-WY), Rand Paul (R-KY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Dean Heller (R-NV), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). The bill now goes to the House for consideration. Wyden called on the House to "immediately pass this bipartisan bill and the president [to] sign it into law before any more seniors and families get ripped off."