Georgia Senate passes bill aimed at prescription prices

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ATLANTA (AP) – The Georgia Senate has unanimously passed legislation to restrict practices by pharmacy benefit managers.

Those are companies that run prescription drug coverage for insurers and other groups. Thursday’s Senate passage comes just a day after the state House took similar action.

The bill includes provisions requiring pharmacy benefit managers to pass along discounts they receive from drug manufacturers to consumers.

It passed the Senate by a vote of 52-0, after the House passed a companion bill 165-1 on Wednesday.

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