Trump signs bills ending 'gag orders' on prescription drug prices

President Donald Trump									Nicholas Kamm  AFP  Getty Images

President Donald Trump Nicholas Kamm AFP Getty Images

President Donald Trump holds up the "Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act" after signing it and the 'Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018, ' during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

Both measures, the Know the Lowest Price Act and the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, aim to end the drug industry's so-called gag orders of pharmacists, which prevent them from discussing cheaper price options with consumers.

"Today I'm thrilled to sign two bills that will lower the cost of prescription drugs".

"Our great citizens deserve to know the lowest price available at our pharmacies", Mr. Trump said at a White House signing ceremony with bill sponsors and Health Secretary Alex Azar.

Under pharmacy "gag" rules, pharmacists have been prohibited from proactively telling consumers when their prescription would cost less if they paid for it out-of-pocket rather than using their insurance plan.

"American patients should know: You can always ask your pharmacist whether you're getting the best deal on the prescription drugs you need". But a recent Associated Press analysis of brand-name prescription drug prices suggests repeated strong criticism from the president hasn't had much impact.

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