Trump signs bills to help patients stop overpaying for drugs

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Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.Donald TrumpAdd Interest<pInsurers will no longer be able to bar pharmacists from telling consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance for their prescriptions, as a result of bills signed Wednesday by President Donald Trumphealth insurance and the other to Medicare.

<pThe measures bar health plans or middlemen that manage pharmacy benefits from getting in between pharmacists and their customers. No longer can pharmacists be contractually prohibited from telling consumers when they would actually save money by not using their insurance plans.

<pSuch head-scratching situations can arise because of convoluted deals between drug companies, insurers, middlemen and pharmacies.

<pTrump complained that drug prices are "way out of whack" and "way too high." But a recent Associated Press analysis of brand-name prescription drug prices suggests repeated strong criticism from the president hasn't had much impact. The analysis found it's been business as usual for drugmakers, with far more price increases than cuts.

<pHealth and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar