Ohio state regulators have come to the decision to ban pharmaceutical gag orders, meaning that your local pharmacist can now legally tell you the cheapest alternative for a medicine or prescription, if available. In addition, regulators are also ordering the prohibition of “charging consumers more for their prescription medication than it would cost if they paid without insurance, or out of pocket.” The regulatory order comes after online publication “The Dispatch” reported that CVS was overcharging Ohioans for the prescriptions they can’t go without. Prescription costs for Ohioans covered by Medicaid totaled $3.2 billion last year alone. Legislators are also now “preparing a bill to give the Ohio auditor the authority to review pharmacy benefit manager contracts.”
This is good news for those Ohio citizens that spend more than they’d like to on their prescriptions. Ask your pharmacist for the cheapest, most effective alternative for your prescription.
Source: The Dispatch