Southern IL pharmacist talks rising drug costs

Southern IL pharmacist talks rising drug costs

ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The Illinois House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 4900 that created the Illinois Generic Drug Pricing Fairness Act.

The bill provides that a manufacturer, or wholesale drug distributor, shall not engage in price gouging in the sale of an essential off-patent or generic drug.

The bill will help protect someone with state insurance or Medicaid on a generic drug prescription from an immediate or rapid increase by the manufacturer.

The bill takes effect January 1, 2019.

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Ben Calcaterra, a Pharmacist at Logan Primary Pharmacy, and Chairman of the Illinois Pharmacists Association said that while this is a step in the right direction this won't answer all of the problems of rising drug costs.

"This bill is not necessarily going to make a difference for them at the pharmacy counter, what it will do for them in the long run, prevent the drugs from being increased at a shorter rate," said Calcaterra. "However, if multiple claims are filed with the attorney general against these manufacturers, those legal fees will eventually be passed down."

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