• There are certain things we know to be true in Maryland: you won’t find better crab cakes anywhere else, no kitchen is complete without Old Bay, and part of what makes Marylanders special is how much we truly care for our neighbors and communities.

     

    The past few years have been tough on everyone. It's more important now than ever that elected officials in Annapolis understand what goes into prescription drug costs and ignore special interest lobbies seeking to increase profits over patients’ health.

  • HOLD SPECIAL INTEREST INDEPENDENT PHARMACIES ACCOUNTABLE

    New pharmacy data reveals that the overall number of independent pharmacy stores increased over the past decade in the United States. The reality is this:

  • 36% More

    Independent Pharmacies in Maryland,
    Skyrocketing Over the Past Ten Years.

    2,645 More

    Independent Pharmacies than
    2011 in the United States.

    13% More

    Independent Pharmacies Over the Past 10 Years in the United States.

  • REMEMBER: BIG PHARMA ALONE SETS DRUG PRICES, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

    Don’t forget: Big Pharma companies — and Big Pharma companies alone – set the price of prescription drugs. And they alone raise those prices year over year — sometimes twice a year.

     

    In fact, prescription drug manufacturers have raised the prices on more than 500 drugs already in 2021. And it’s not just never-ending price hikes — Big Pharma also likes to game the system to make it harder to keep more affordable generics from coming to market.

     

    Those pricing schemes helped the top 10 Big Pharma companies take home nearly $400 billion dollars in sales in 2019. How do they use those billions?

    Paying lobbyists and special interest groups hundreds of millions of dollars each year

    to keep state and federal legislators from changing the laws that let them price-gouge patients.

    Spending more on CEO salaries, shareholder profits, marketing and advertising

    than on actual research and development.

  • GIVE PATIENT ADVOCATES THE POWER TO LOWER RX COSTS

    Maryland’s already taken the right first steps to expose the special interest independent pharmacy lobby.

    Policymakers should make sure they’re letting patient advocates do their job without entangling them in bureaucratic red tape. Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) work every day on behalf of patients, negotiating with Big Pharma and pharmacies to deliver the lowest possible out-of-pocket cost for patients at the pharmacy counter.

    One way PBMs do that is working with health insurance providers and employers to make prescription drugs accessible and affordable. And overwhelmingly, job creators approve of their work: 93% of them like their PBMs, and 81% say PBMs help reduce drug costs for their business.

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