ABJ BECOMES SECOND MAJOR OHIO NEWSPAPER TO OPPOSE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BALLOT ISSUE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 28, 2017
Contact: Dale Butland, 614-783-5833
In a Sunday, August 27 editorial, subtitled “How Not to Corral High Drug Prices,” the Akron Beacon Journal became the second major Ohio daily newspaper to oppose the so-called “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act,” which will appear as Issue 2 on the November ballot. The Columbus Dispatch announced its opposition last month in a full-page editorial.
Issue 2, said the Beacon Journal, “features too many flaws,” including:
- The “impracticality of pegging the state to the VA price” given the “sharp differences in the way the VA and the state systems operate;”
- That Issue 2 “does not cover two-thirds of Ohioans,” who could see their costs go up;
- That Ohio “already realizes a discount comparable to the VA’s reduction,” thanks to the federally mandated discounts and additional rebates Ohio negotiates with drug makers; and
- The expense to taxpayers that is likely to result from the provision “allowing the four petitioners to intervene in any legal challenges ¾ with taxpayers picking up their attorney fees.”
“The crisis in drug pricing,” the editorial concludes, “requires a national solution. The sweep and complexities of purchasing, distribution and other elements are beyond the capacity of any one state to fix.