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Note: This Op-Ed originally ran in the February 9th 2018 edition of The Daily Record.
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SB 17 would require drug makers to justify and give 60 days’ notice of price increases
Prescription medicine and money
The numbers are in, and they are impressive – Wyoming residents on Medicare saved more than $4.6 million on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the “donut hole” for prescriptions under the Affordable Care Act – or an average discount per beneficiary of $756.
AARP VI Members save on prescriptions in the VI
Maine Residents Saved Almost $30 Million on Prescription Drugs in 2013
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Contact: David Irwin (212) 407-3718; Erik Kriss (518) 447-6723
AARP issued a statement following a Public Health Council meeting about the Prescription Drug Gift Ban Law
Out to lunch Part of a new law opposed by AARP Massachusetts weakens the state's 2008 prescription drug gift ban and puts patients' best interests at risk.  Previously, the ban restricted prescription drug companies from treating doctors to extravagant meals by allowing them to offer food only in clinical settings, such as hospitals or doctors' offices. 
AARP issued a statement following a Public Health Council meeting about the Prescription Drug Gift Ban Law
BOSTON – Following the Department of Public Health’s Public Health Council meeting about the Prescription Drug Gift Ban Law, Michael Murray, interim state director of AARP Massachusetts – which represents more than 800,000 members age 50 and older – issued the following statement:
The Massachusetts political climate always changes, but at the State House, one constant remains – the importance of the annual budget.
AARP strongly supports the Rx Gift Ban law as one way to help drive down spiraling prescription drug costs – and is fighting to protect consumers.
Should consumers foot the bill for free lunches and other perks that drug companies give prescribers? AARP says, no.
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