Sacramento, CA — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California strongly supports Governor Newsom’s proposal to create prescription drug purchasing collaborative that would leverage the buying power of state and local governments to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for Californians and employers. The proposal was heard in a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Prescription Drug Affordability today.
Roxanne Sanchez, President of SEIU Local 1021 and SEIU California said:
“SEIU California members are beset by the skyrocketing prescription drug costs in our pocketbooks, and our communities feel the human toll of families who can’t afford life-saving drugs like insulin, or seniors who are forced to cut pills in half. Governor Newsom’s proposal to use California’s massive buying power to negotiate lower drug prices sends a strong message to Big Pharma about the public demand for cost control and affordability of medicine. It also sets the stage for broader efforts – led by workers, consumer advocates, and small businesses – to hold corporations accountable for keeping health care prices fair.”