Delaware bill introduced to reduce prescription costs at the pharmacy

Delaware lawmakers have introduced legislation to mandate pharmacies disclose cheaper prescription price options to customers. Some contracts with third-party insurers prohibit pharmacies and pharmacists from disclosing such information to consumers. Seven states have enacted laws to prohibit these "gag clauses." State Sen.

Delaware lawmakers have introduced legislation to mandate pharmacies disclose cheaper prescription price options to customers. Some contracts with third-party insurers prohibit pharmacies and pharmacists from disclosing such information to consumers. Seven states have enacted laws to prohibit these "gag clauses." State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn says "currently, the insurance companies have a tremendous amount of power when it comes to putting the terms around the relationships between the pharmacists and the patients." He notes that HB 425 eliminates those "gag rules," giving consumers more options to reduce their prescription costs. "This prohibits any of those 'gag clauses' from being put into any type of contracts that are out there, so consumers can make an economic choice on the prescriptions that they have which of course reduces costs for the patient and also can bring down health care costs and prescription costs for the insurance companies as well," notes Pettyjohn.