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4/5/19: Prescription Drug Costs

Apr 7, 2019

On this week's Florida Roundup, we took a closer look at the rising costs of prescription drugs in the Sunshine State - and what state leaders are trying to do about it.

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Sen. Marco Rubio says new sanctions on Venezuela are an important step to ending the rule of Nicolas Maduro. But the Miami Republican says other countries need to do the same.  

US Wants Drug Prices In TV Ads: 'Patients Deserve To Know'

Oct 16, 2018

The federal government said Monday that it wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials.

Consumers signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace should double check how prescriptions are covered.

Looking For Lower Medicare Drug Costs? Ask Your Pharmacist For The Cash Price

May 30, 2018

As part of President Donald Trump’s blueprint to bring down prescription costs, Medicare officials have warned insurers that “gag orders” keeping pharmacists from alerting seniors that they could save money by paying cash — rather than using their insurance — are “unacceptable and contrary” to the government’s effort to promote price transparency.

But the agency stopped short of requiring insurers to lift such restrictions on pharmacists.

The recent school shootings in Florida and Maryland have focused attention on the National Rifle Association’s clout in state and federal lobbying activities.

House Bill Takes Aim At Prescription Costs

Jan 18, 2018

Pharmacists would be required to advise people about the costs of prescriptions and whether the retail prices of drugs are lower than cost-sharing requirements imposed by insurers or HMOs, under a bill approved unanimously Wednesday by a House health-care panel.

Nearly two dozen Florida businesses and healthcare groups have signed on to a national campaign to control prescription drug costs.  The effort has been buoyed recently by reports of astronomically high prices for every-day medications like Epi Pens.