On Monday (8/31), a bill was passed in California, with 32 in favor and 7 against, to redistribute the state’s market power to make prescription drugs more affordable and accessible. The COVID-19 pandemic has been said to act as proof that improvements must be made to avoid shortages in important medical supplies and drugs. Senator Richard Pan explained that the pandemic “brought to light glaring gaps in supplies of essential, lifesaving drugs, and medical equipment and supplies.” The bill now goes to California’s Governor for his signature.

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