SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate passed the Commerce and Consumer Protection Omnibus Budget Friday in a bipartisan vote of 35-32. The bill includes Senator Kelly Morrison’s legislation to establish a Prescription Drug Affordability Board. “This legislation is a critical first step in lowering the cost of prescription drugs for Minnesotans,” said Sen. Morrison.
“As a physician, I’ve seen patients struggle to afford the prescription drugs they need to be healthy and thrive. With those patients in mind, I am proud to author the Prescription Drug Affordability Board. Prescription drugs are not like other consumer products – they are a public good and should be treated as such. We have admired the problem of the high cost of prescription drugs for far too long. It harms patients and public health and increases the cost of healthcare for everyone. By establishing a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, we are taking action to help Minnesotans afford their prescriptions. I’m proud to see this move one step closer to becoming law.”