Democrats at the State Capitol want to stop major prescription drug price increases. The plan is in response to years of double-digit increases in drug prices.
Garrett Clinard is lives in Lansing. He has a disease that causes calcium crystals to collect in his joints. Clinard can’t afford his medication because the price has gone up by almost 2-hundred dollars a month over the last ten years.
“It’s priced me out of the market and I can’t get that treatment and those drugs. And that’s just a really bad deal.”
Bill sponsors say their plan will help people from getting gouged on medication they need. The bills would create a board to oversee drug prices. If a drug manufacturer increases the price of a drug more than 10 percent in one year, it would have to justify the increase. Otherwise, the maker would face hefty fines.