Senate passes bill banning gag clauses

Senate passes bill banning pharmacy ‘gag clauses’ for Medicare Part D

Last Wednesday, the Senate unanimously┬ápassed a bill designed to stop the restrictions and PBM threats tied to “gag clauses” in Medicare Part D plans.

The bill, also known as the Know the Lowest Price Act, would allow pharmacists to inform their Medicare Part D patients if the cash price for a prescription is lower than the cost through insurance.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a cosponsor of the bill, stated “Passing this bill and eliminating gag clauses gives patients more power to lower their healthcare costs.”

While this is just one step in the right direction, it is notable that this is a bi-partisan bill and the Senate is doing this as part of their wider look at helping decrease prescription drug prices.