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Health care advocates make pitch for bills to block drug price hikes

Health care advocates make pitch for bills to block drug price hikes

Healthcare advocates who are pushing for bills to combat rising prescription drug prices in Maryland drew sympathy but also skepticism from state lawmakers Wednesday.

The General Assembly is considering a pair of bills. One would require drug companies to give notice of and explain significant price hikes. The other would authorize the attorney general to sue makers of generic drugs who engage in price gouging.

"We want drug manufacturers to make profits. We want them to produce generic drugs," Attorney General Brian Frosh told the Senate Finance Committee. "But when they acquire and abuse monopoly powers, they hurt patients, they threaten our health care system...

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