Rep. Darrin Camilleri Takes On Big Pharma, Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Costs for Michiganders
Representative Camilleri helped pass new legislation that will lower prescription drug prices, saying he’s not done fighting for lower drug costs and taking on price gouging by the pharmaceutical industry
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
Earlier this year, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bills 4348, 4351, and 4352, legislation designed to lower the costs of prescription drugs for Michiganders.
Representative Darrin Camilleri joined with legislators from both parties to pass the bills, which will limit costs tacked on by licensing pharmacy benefits managers – middlemen who control whether patients can access their prescriptions and how much they pay.
Camillieri says he sees the new prescription drug legislation as a way to fight for Michigan’s working families – but also emphasizes that there’s more work left to be done. To that end, he’s introduced House Bill 5842, new legislation that would establish state-level drug affordability review boards that would help determine pricing and limit how much Michiganders pay for certain high cost drugs.
“Too many families are dealing with what they will sacrifice in order to pay for the high cost of prescription drugs,” Rep. Camilleri said. “Michigan families shouldn’t be forced to make those trade-offs. We can have affordable prescription drugs if we focus on solutions like this board.”