To make prescription medications more affordable for Californians, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to get more involved in generic drugs.
The proposal Newsom announced Thursday envisions pharmaceutical companies making meds for the state. This would foster competition in the industry, Newsom said, and lead to lower costs for patients.
If enacted by law, California would become the first state to have its own line of generic drugs.
However, the proposal lacked many details about costs, how the initiative would function and what drugs would be covered.
Newsom's pitch came ahead of his formal budget proposal, which will be submitted to the Legislature Friday.
Yesterday, Newsom said he'd target the pervasive homelessness problem by providing limited temporary shelter on public land for homeless people and filling a $750 million fund to help residents avoid eviction.