In the News Today - July 7, 2017

July 07, 2017

AAM Requests Federal Injunction to Block Maryland’s Unconstitutional Drug Price Law: Yesterday, the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) filed a lawsuit against Maryland’s AG and Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health, requesting that the Maryland Federal district court enjoin them to not enforce a law that grants Maryland unprecedented powers to regulate the national pharmaceutical market. The law would make Maryland the first state to “reject generic competition in favor of more government regulation” it would also “harm patients and our communities by reducing choice and limiting access to essential medicines” said AAM CEO, Chip Davis. (AAM)

More Scrutiny of Trial Lawyer Advertisements Needed: Doctors and the pharmaceutical industry want more scrutiny of advertisements for lawsuits relating to prescription drugs. The American Medical Association says that advertisements for lawsuits about adverse side effects of drugs can deter patients from using treatments that doctors have instructed them to take. An ILR survey of about 1,000 adults found that 26 percent said that if they saw a lawsuit advertisement about a drug they were currently taking, they would stop taking the medicine without consulting their doctor. (CQ)