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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on a key Senate health committee advanced legislation to make it easier for pharmacists to tell consumers if they could pay less for a drug if they don’t use their insurance.

It’s a first step for a relatively small bill, but the legislation is one of only a handful of drug pricing bills that has cleared any Senate committees this year, even as policymakers across Capitol Hill say they want to prioritize efforts to bring down the cost of prescription drugs.

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