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Bill aims to make prescription drug prices more affordable in Oregon

In this file photo a pharmacist is pictured with presciption medication in an Oregon pharmacy.
In this file photo a pharmacist is pictured with presciption medication in an Oregon pharmacy.

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers is sponsoring a bill that would create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board. The board would have the power to set a maximum price buyers in the state could pay for some drugs. The goal is to reduce prices for consumers. But critics, including the Oregon Society of Health-System Pharmacists, say the proposal will not have the intended results and that federal regulation is needed. Our guests are Sen. Deb Patterson, (D-Salem) and Mike Millard, legislative affairs chair for the Oregon Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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