Ohio pharmacists must reveal cheaper drug options after ‘gag order’ removed

Fill a prescription at a pharmacy, and you might not pay the lowest price available.

Say you have insurance that requires a $20 co-pay for a prescription. That same prescription might cost only $10 if purchased without insurance.

Some insurers and pharmacy benefits programs prohibit pharmacists from telling you about lower-cost options. In the example above, you’d be charged $20 — and the pharmacist would be prohibited from telling you the medicine would have cost $10 if you paid for it out of pocket, without presenting your insurance card.

In Ohio, that changed Wednesday. The Department of Insurance ordered insurance companies and pharmacy benefits programs to remove the “gag order” on pharmacists.

That means pharmacists would be free to tell consumers how to get their drugs at the lowest cost. In the example above, you’d get to pay $10, not $20.

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