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Drug Price Relief Act Clears Important Legal Hurdle

Oct 2, 2016

An issue aimed at controlling what Ohio agencies pay for prescription drugs has cleared a hurdle to appearing on next year's ballot.

The Drug Price Relief Act aims to keep state agencies from buying drugs at prices higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays. Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted on Friday certified supporters collected enough valid signatures to meet requirements for the 2017 ballot. The Ohio Supreme Court had found elections officials erroneously counted some of the initial signatures. Supporters submitted additional signatures and successfully sought an order from the court for the secretary of state to certify the ballot initiative instead of sending it back to the Legislature for consideration. Now the Ohio Ballot Board will prescribe the language for the proposed law.