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What about consumers?

Bottom line: Prescription drugs can help keep people healthy, and out of more expensive care. But here in the Bay State, residents age 50 plus continue to be affected by prescription drug sticker shock, with the majority reporting major problems paying for their medication, according to a new AARP survey.

The latest AARP Rx Price Watch Report found that prices for drugs facing generic competition in 2010 climbed by an average of 13.7 percent in 2009, compared to 8.3 percent for all drugs studied. And, brand name Rx prices continue to increase after the introduction of generic competition, indicating that consumers who choose to continue taking a brand name product are not likely to experience any price relief once a generic is available.

Where does the Rx Gift Ban law stand now?

Stay up to date on the latest developments at the State House. Check for our daily blog, where we post breaking news and up to the minute information about the Rx Gift Ban law, the state budget, SB 1849, The Restaurant Rejuvenation Act, and other issues important to our Bay State members and their families. You can also visit the AARP MA Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

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