Bill Banning ‘Gag Clauses’ on Pharmacists Signed by Governor

Legislation that increases transparency and consumer choice in the prescription drug marketplace is now law. HB 943 (Act 67) ends the long-standing “gag clause” imposed on pharmacists, barring them from informing customers of lower-cost alternatives at the pharmacy counter. Such a prohibition stems from language contained in some pharmacy contracts that disallows pharmacists from disclosing any information to their customers that could potentially reduce their out-of-pocket costs for medications. The bill was signed into law July 23 and becomes effective in 60 days.