California could soon start selling its own brand of generic prescription drugs

Catherine Garcia

California may soon find itself in the prescription drug business.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will share the new state budget on Friday, and it is expected to include a proposal that California start selling its own brand of generic drugs. It would become the first state to do this, and Newsom's office said the goal is to increase competition in the generic drug market, saving Californians money.

"A trip to the doctor's office, pharmacy, or hospital shouldn't cost a month's pay," Newsom said in a statement. "The cost of healthcare is just too damn high, and California is fighting back." His office did not release many details about the proposal, but did say California could work with multiple generic drugmakers to offer specific prescriptions under the state's label, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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