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Pharmacists-sponsored law a free-speech issue
San Francisco Chronicle

A federal appeals court wants California’s highest court to clear up the free-speech implications of a 1984 state law, sponsored by pharmacists, that was intended to pressure insurance companies to increase their rates for filling prescriptions. The law requires drug-claims processors, the intermediaries between pharmacies and insurance companies, to collect data on the prescription fees pharmacists charge to uninsured patients – considerably higher than the fees covered by insurance – and to submit the information to insurers every two years.