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Pharmaceutical industry group sues to stop Minnesota's new insulin-aid program

 

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Nicole Smith-Holt is pictured in the Minnesota House gallery in St. Paul, Minn. on April 14, 2020. Smith-Holt pushed insulin affordability legislation inspired by her son Alec, who died because he tried to ration his insulin. A pharmaceutical industry group is suing to block the law, which takes effect on Wednesday.

A pharmaceutical-industry group is suing the state of Minnesota over its new insulin-affordability program, which took effect Wednesday.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, said the program the Legislature passed in April is unconstitutional and that drugmakers already offer alternatives to help people with diabetes. They are seeking a permanent injunction barring the state from enforcing the insulin act.

Lawmakers and advocates for the measure argued that the existing programs drug companies provide are insufficient. After a protracted political battle at the State Capitol, they reached a deal legislators said would ensure people struggling with the skyrocketing price of the critical drug have a low-cost resource to secure it.

https://www.startribune.com/phrma-sues-to-stop-state-s-new-insulin-affordability-program/571582452/

 

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