Prop 61

Drug Pricing Relief Act 

This act would prohibit state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Applies to any program where the state is the ultimate payer for a drug, even if the State does not purchase the drug directly.

Bottomline: The Chamber OPPOSES this proposition because it is poorly written and doesn’t consider the reasons why the USDVA is able to negotiate lower drug prices. It could increase health care costs to all Californians by shifting costs of prescriptions to private payers, including employers.