Pro-Consumer Pharmacy Bill Passes

June 7, 2017

The bill (SB 445) eliminates restrictive “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from telling customers how to reduce drug costs. It also bans “claw back” provisions which result in consumers paying more than a prescription actually costs.

Voiding these ‘gag clauses’ on pharmacists is pro-consumer and pro-patient. For example, it allows pharmacists to tell you when private-payment is actually cheaper than the insurance co-payment.

Pharmacy benefit managers have been price-gouging Connecticut residents. Pharmacists should be able to discuss cost options with customers without being gagged by PBMs.

The bill also updates anti-trust laws to protect pharmacy customers and requires notice of a facility fee at the time of scheduling an appointment. It awaits the Governor’s signature.