Illinois drug price investigation bill fails in committee

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WEHT)- Illinois lawmakers are heading back to the drawing board after a push to lower the cost of prescription drug prices stalled in Springfield.

A house committee debated one plan to investigate drug companies to learn why they raised prices.

But that idea fell short by one vote after Republicans and Democrats took turns poking holes in the proposal.

The sponsor said he’s not done pushing for it.

Representative Will Guzzardi, says “The vote that we saw was a vote between consumers and people who are trying to afford their medicines and a vote for the interests for the purpose of the pharmaceutical industry. And we saw very clearly who stands where.”

Activists packed out the room, some wearing shirts that said “drugs don’t work if you can’t afford them.”

Representative Deanne Mazzochi Elmhurst says, “The bill was actually not going to do what it was promised. Nobody wanted to give people a false sense of hope that this was actually going to make drugs more affordable. So, you know, we’ll continue to go back and continue to work on these issues.”

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(This story was originally published on March 5, 2020)

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