Pa. seeks discounts on prescriptions

THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- In one of the first efforts nationwide to mimic a new federal law, a bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would force pharmaceutical firms to give $40 million the first year in price breaks to the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly program.

"One of every five prescriptions in Pennsylvania is paid for by the PACE program," said Secretary of Aging Linda M. Rhodes.

Tom Snedden, director of PACE, said the legislation was essential for the program to meet a $50 million budget cut in the next fiscal year.

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