The Pharmaceutical Industry has filed a lawsuit against a bill to provide affordable insulin in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz says it’s frustrating.
“It was candidly a, what the hell? Moment”, said Walz. “We compromised with pharma and we were guaranteed they wouldn’t take us to court and now this.”
Walz says the pharmaceutical industry isn’t on the side of people.
“I didn’t think anyone could be more hated than COVID-19,” said Walz. “How can anyone be this awful?”
The Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act passed the legislature during the regular session. The law gives diabetics access to an emergency supply of medicine for a $35 co-pay. Drug companies are required to help with the supply and the cost. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. p said in a statement that the law violates the takings clause of the constitution because it forces insulin makers to give their product to Minnesotans for free, without any compensation from the state in return. The group blames health plans and pharmacy benefit managers for the high costs of insulin.