November 8, 2017 •
Ohio Voters Reject Issue 2
Voters rejected a ballot measure Tuesday to reduce the price of prescription drugs for the state.
Issue 2, or Drug Price Relief Act, would have limited the amount the state is allowed to pay for pharmaceuticals to the amount the Department of Veterans Affairs pays, typically a greatly discounted price. The state provides these drugs to prisoners, injured workers, and those who cannot afford them.
Nearly 80 percent of voters rejected the proposal, many citing a lack of transparency on how the change would affect prices for the general public.
The pharmaceutical industry contributed around $70 million to oppose the measure while AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a California-based group, spent only $17 million.
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