Proposition 61: State Prescription Drug Purchase Price

(The information below was taken from the California Secretary of State’s website.)

Analysis | Arguments & Rebuttals | Text of Proposed Law (PDF)

SUMMARY
Prohibits state from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at price over lowest price paid for the drug by United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Exempts managed care programs funded through Medi–Cal. Fiscal Impact: Potential for state savings of an unknown amount depending on (1) how the measure’s implementation challenges are addressed and (2) the responses of drug manufacturers regarding the provision and pricing of their drugs.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS
A YES vote on this measure means: State agencies would generally be prohibited from paying more for any prescription drug than the lowest price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the same drug.

A NO vote on this measure means: State agencies would continue to be able to negotiate the prices of, and pay for, prescription drugs without reference to the prices paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

ARGUMENTS
PRO: Prop. 61, The California Drug Price Relief Act, would require all prescription drugs purchased by the State of California to be priced at or below the price paid for the same drug by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, which pays by far the lowest price of any federal agency. CON Experts say Prop. 61 would: increase prescription prices, reduce patient access to needed medicines, produce more bureaucracy and lawsuits that cost taxpayers millions, and hurt veterans by increasing their prescription costs. Strongly opposed by California Medical Association, California NAACP, California Taxpayers Association, Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater California, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Department of California. http://www.NoProp61.com

CON: Experts say Prop. 61 would: increase prescription prices, reduce patient access to needed medicines, produce more bureaucracy and lawsuits that cost taxpayers millions, and hurt veterans by increasing their prescription costs. Strongly opposed by California Medical Association, California NAACP, California Taxpayers Association, Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater California, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Department of California. http://www.NoProp61.com

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
FOR
Aref Aziz
Yes on Prop. 61, Californians for Lower Drug Prices
22815 Ventura Blvd., #405
Los Angeles, CA 91364
(323) 601-8139
Yes@StopPharmaGreed.com
www.StopPharmaGreed.com

AGAINST
No on Prop. 61—Californians Against the Deceptive Rx Proposition
(888) 279-8108
info@noprop61.com
www.NoProp61.com

Comments

One Comment

  1. Major problem: the PRO section contains also the CON section and it is very hard to see the ‘CON’

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