Ohio Drug Price Relief Act

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The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act was a ballot initiative in Ohio that would have made the state pay no higher of a price for prescription drugs than the lowest price that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs pays for them.[1] It was voted on November 7, 2017 as Issue 2 on the ballot.[2] The act was originally going to be voted on in November 2016, but the measure did not receive enough signatures. It was mostly funded by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation,[3] the same organization that backed California Proposition 61.[4] Supporters of the act said that it would lower drug prices and help save the state money, while opposers said that it is unworkable.[2]

The initiative did not pass, failing by a 4 to 1 margin.[5]


  1. ^ Carlson, Dani (June 1, 2017). "What is the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act?". WOIO. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Johnson, Alan (July 24, 2017). "The Daily Briefing: Sanders endorses Ohio Drug Price Relief Act". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Borchardt, Jackie (July 2, 2016). "No statewide ballot measures planned for Ohio's November election". cleveland.com. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  4. ^ Mangan, Dan; Tirrell, Meg (November 7, 2016). "California's very expensive drug price battle: Prop 61 fight gets even nastier". CNBC. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Candisky, Catherine (November 7, 2017). "Ohioans nix controversial drug-price issue". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved November 8, 2017.