By Cara DeGette
Editor’s update: A transparency bill targeting runaway drug prices that had widespread and bipartisan support in both chambers of the Colorado Legislature — and the support of the Eagle County commissioners — was killed 9-4 by the House Committee on Health, Insurance and Environment on Thursday.
The bill was one of 11 such measures around the country drafted in response to the skyrocketing costs of pharmaceuticals. Veteran healthcare reporter Cara DeGette wrote about those out-of-control drug prices for RealVail.com partner Rocky Mountain Post on Thursday, and RMP also delved into the topic last month.
Here’s what the liberal-leaning lobby group the Colorado Center on Law and Policy wrote Friday about Thursday’s legislative action on drug prices:
“HB 1102, which would have required prescription drug manufacturers to provide data on cost components of expensive drugs, with a report going back to the state legislature, was killed by the House Committee on Health, Insurance and Environment on Thursday.