SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to keep prescription drug costs affordable and transparent, state Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, recently sponsored legislation to require all pharmacies to inform customers of the retail price of each drug or medical device that the pharmacy sells.
“Consumers deserve to have as much information as possible about their prescriptions in order to make the best decision for themselves financially and for their well-being,” said Avelar. “When the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs are at an all-time high, we are all affected.”
Avelar’s legislation, Senate Bill 1682, requires pharmacies to post a notice informing customers that they may request the current retail price of any drug or medical device currently sold at that pharmacy. The bill recently passed unanimously out of the House Health Care Licenses Committee and is awaiting a vote on the House floor.
“Affordable prescription medication is essential,” said Avelar. “I look forward to this bill passing the House and Gov. Pritzker signing it into law.”