Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:18

Maine Democrats want to slow rising drug costs

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AUGUSTA - Senate Democrats rolled out legislation Tuesday intended to lower the cost of prescription drugs in Maine.

Democrat lawmakers said their proposal will target prescription drug prices through accessibility, affordability and accountability.

 

The AARP is among the legislation's supporters.

 

"Mainers are literally choosing between food and RX drugs they need to stay healthy," AARP State Director Lori Parham said during a news conference in Augusta.

 

Some Republicans said while they had not yet seen the specifics of the Democrats' proposal, they agreed prescription prices need to come down.

 

 "We need to do all that we can do to lower the costs of prescription drug costs for Mainers of all ages. People are paying too much for the cost of drugs in this state," said Sen. Matt Pouliot, (R) -  Augusta.

 

One of the Democrats' bills would require the Maine Health Data Organization to report the most frequently prescribed prescription drugs in Maine.

 

An online summary at maine.gov demonstrates how the bill would also fine manufacturers who violate reporting requirements.