Proposition Summary

DISCOUNTS ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Establishes discount prescription drug program, overseen by California Department of Health Services. Enables certain low- and moderate-income California residents to purchase prescription drugs at reduced prices. Authorizes Department: to contract with participating pharmacies to sell prescription drugs at agreed-upon discounts negotiated in advance; to negotiate rebate agreements with participating drug manufacturers. Imposes $15 annual application fee. Creates state fund for deposit of drug manufacturers’ rebate payments. Requires Department’s prompt determination of residents’ eligibility, based on listed qualifications. Permits outreach programs to increase public awareness. Allows program to be terminated under specified conditions. SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE ANALYST'S ESTIMATE OF NET STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FISCAL IMPACT: One-time and ongoing state costs, potentially in the millions to low tens of millions of dollars annually, for administration and outreach activities for a new drug discount program. A significant share of these costs would probably be borne by the state General Fund. State costs, potentially in the low tens of millions of dollars, to cover the funding gap between when drug rebates are collected by the state and when the state pays funds to pharmacies for drug discounts provided to consumers. Any such costs not covered through advance rebate payments from drug makers would be borne by the state General Fund. Unknown potentially significant savings for state and county health programs due to the availability of drug discounts. Potential unknown effects on state revenues and expenditures from changes in prices and quantities of drugs sold in California.

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Special Election

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Initiative Statute.

For Author

KRISTINE YAHN, RN, Executive Director, Californians for Patient Care; CAROLYN PETERSON, RN, MS, AOCN, Chief Operating Officer, Community Hospice; DORIS LUNA, RN, Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse, UC Davis Medical Center

Against Author

NANCY J. BRASMER, President, California Alliance for Retired Americans; RICHARD HOLOBER, Executive Director, Consumer Federation of California; JACQUELINE JACOBBERGER, President, League of Women Voters of California

Rebuttal Author

BARBARA A. BRENNER, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Action; RAMON CASTELLBLANCH, Policy Advisor, Senior Action Network; KATHY J. SACKMAN, RN, President, United Nurses Association of California

Rebuttal Against Author

TOM MURPHY, Chair, California Arthritis Foundation Council; RUSTY HAMMER, President, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; JAMES S. GRISOLIA, M.D., Senior Vice President, Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County