Ohio Judge Dismisses Suit From Backers of Drug-Price Plan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Ohio’s elections chief by backers of an effort aimed at controlling prescription drug prices.

Supporters of the so-called Drug Price Relief Act sued Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted after he ordered a further review of their petition signatures before sending the proposal to state lawmakers to consider.

Backers claimed the delay hurt their chances of getting the issue before voters this fall. They asked the court for more time to gather the signatures needed to appear on November’s ballot.

The proposal is aimed at keeping state entities from buying drugs at prices higher than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays.

The judge found that the supporters couldn’t show sufficient harm and therefore lack standing at this point.