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Baltimore health official endorsing drug affordability plan

December 20, 2017

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s health commissioner is scheduled to endorse plans to improve prescription drug affordability.

Dr. Leana Wen is scheduled to express her support for the proposal on Wednesday in Baltimore.

The proposals are backed by the Maryland Health Care for All Coalition.

The group is urging the Maryland General Assembly to require drug price transparency to help residents understand the reason for high-priced drugs. It’s also recommending a commission to be formed to assess what Marylanders should be paying for prescription drugs.

Maryland lawmakers last year passed a first-of-its-kind measure empowering the state’s attorney general to bring civil actions against manufacturers of off-patent drugs that make an “unconscionable” price increase.

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