Newsom Wants To Go Generic With Prescription Drugs

Governor Gavin Newsom walks through the spin room after the Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles.
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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. 

During his his early time in the governor's office in 2019, Newsom launched another project to push down drug costs by pooling the purchasing power of cities and counties across California.