Prescription Drugs

Website for New Prescription Drug Price Transparency Law (SB 17) Now Live

Implementation of the ground-breaking California law to provide transparency and notice of prescription drug price increases is moving ahead full steam. The law will take effect on January 1, 2018, but the the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has already made live the registry for public and private purchasers to receive 60-day notice of future increases. The costs of prescription drugs continue to skyrocket. Consumers are facing price increases on everything from long-time generics used to treat common conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, to new treatments for diseases like hepatitis C. Prices for some generic drugs, including antibiotics and asthma inhalers, have gone up anywhere from 4,000-8,000%. In October, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill […] Read More

Setting National Policy, CA Governor Brown Signs SB 17 on Prescription Drug Price Transparency

This morning, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 17 by Senator Ed Hernandez, nationally influential prescription drug price legislation, at a rare signing ceremony at the State Capitol. The new law will require prescription drug companies to provide advance notice and explanation for any price hike of more than 16% over two years. Despite a heavy lobbying and media campaign by the pharmaceutical industry opposing the bill, SB 17, strongly backed by a broad coalition of consumer, labor, business, insurer, and other health organizations, eventually won overwhelming bipartisan support with a 66-9 vote in the State Assembly, and a 32-8 vote in the State Senate. The bill was co-sponsored by Health Access, the California Labor Federation, and UNITE HERE. With every […] Read More

California Poised to Set National Policy on Prescription Drug Prices

Earlier this week, SB 17, by Senator Ed Hernandez, passed off the Senate floor on a concurrence vote, putting California only a Governor’s signature away from enacting nationally impactful prescription drug price reform. After receiving overwhelming bipartisan support heading out of the State Assembly, the State Senate also affirmed that addressing drug prices increases is a bi-partisan issue, passing SB 17 on a 32-8 vote. SB 17, strongly backed by a broad coalition of consumer, labor, business, insurer, and other health organizations provides advance notice and disclosure of prescription drug prices in order to gain greater transparency for consumers and purchasers. Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition was proud to be a co-sponsor of SB 17 with the […] Read More

A very big day to health care, including the Senate delay…

It was a big, big day in health care: * The vote for the Senate #BCRA #Trumpcare bill was delayed! * Governor Brown signed the #CABudget which finally fully restores #DentiCal. * Key bills on prescription drug prices #SB17 & #SB790 pass Assembly Health Committee. * Monterey County expands its #Health4All pilot program for undocumented immigrants. Of course, the biggest headline was that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put off the motion to proceed until after the July 4th break. This is great news: if he had the votes, he would have called for the vote, and moved to pass the bill by the end of the week. A so-called health bill opposed by doctor, patient, hospital, senior, and consumer groups that would make millions more uninsured, and […] Read More

New year, new bill, new momentum for prescription drug price transparency…

During the campaign, President Trump vowed he would “bring down drug prices” through negotiation and other means, and earlier this year repeated that promise, saying the drug companies were “getting away with murder.” Yet when the President actually met with PHRMA CEOs just a month and a half ago, he seemed to capitulate to the drug companies’ every demand, with no concrete commitments for consumers. His new FDA head is one of PHRMA’s consultants and board members. The pending health bill in Congress does nothing to lower prescription drug prices, and in fact increases cost-sharing for consumers—all while giving a massive tax break to the pharmaceutical industry. With the President and Congress focused on tax and regulatory giveaways to Big […] Read More