California Adds Its Clout to States Battling High Drug Prices

The New York Times

By: Katie Thomas

Gavin Newsom dived into the highly charged debate over prescription drug prices in his first week as California’s governor, vowing action on a topic that has enraged the public but has proved resistant to easy fixes. His idea: Find strength in numbers. Within hours of taking office on Monday, Mr. Newsom signed an executive order proposing a plan that would allow California to directly negotiate with drug manufacturers.

“I think it’s an example of what states can do now, under current law,” said Edwin Park, a research professor at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families.

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Edwin Park
Edwin Park is a Research Professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy.