Opponents of Drug-Price Plan in Ohio Sue Over Its Signatures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Opponents of a proposal to control the price Ohio pays for prescription drugs are challenging the validity of the initiative’s petition signatures.

In a complaint filed Monday with the Ohio Supreme Court, opponents including the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association claim that petition circulators failed to comply with four areas of Ohio law and certain signatures collected should be tossed.

The opponents say that without those signatures, the so-called Drug Price Relief Act lacks the required number to be considered by the General Assembly.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is backing the proposal, which is aimed at keeping state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the negotiated price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The foundation’s president, Michael Weinstein, says the proposal has met Ohio’s requirements twice.