Prop D approved, could make prescription drugs more affordable

San Francisco voters Tuesday approved Proposition D, which could help make prescription drugs more affordable to city residents.

Prop. D, according to ballot language, urges city lawmakers to “use all available opportunities to reduce the City’s cost of prescription drugs.” In addition, it urges state and federal representatives to sponsor legislation “to reduce drug prices paid by the government.”

The impact could be particularly positive for vulnerable populations who are taking lifesaving medications.

Prop. D is nonbinding, leaving it open to interpretation how policymakers move forward with any legislation for implementation. At the very least, it sets policy about how The City could work to reduce prescription drug prices.

San Francisco spends more than $23 million a year on prescription drugs in hospitals, jails and health centers. Some of these drugs are needed by residents to treat illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes and heart conditions.Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsHIV/AIDSPoliticsProposition DSan Francisco

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Smoking cannabis (Shutterstock)
Supes ban tobacco smoking in apartments but exempt cannabis

San Francisco banned smoking and vaping of tobacco in apartments Tuesday night,… Continue reading

Dr. Grant Colfax and Mayor London Breed said new restrictions could come this week due to rising COVID-19 cases.<ins> (Examiner screenshot)</ins>
Breed: ‘More restrictive action’ needed to slow spread of COVID-19

San Francisco officials said Tuesday tougher restrictions will soon be imposed to… Continue reading

Many landlords fought the proposal requiring them to register properties, calling it an invasion of privacy. 
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
Housing inventory wins unanimous approval from supervisors

Legislation will require landlords to register properties, report vacancies and rents

Harlan Kelly, head of the SFPUC and husband to City Administrator Naomi Kelly (right), faces federal charges for allegedly trading inside information on a city contract in return for a paid family vacation. (Courtesy photo)
Harlan Kelly, head of SFPUC, charged with fraud in widening Nuru scandal

Kelly accused of engaging in corrupt partnership with permit expediter

Jeff Tumlin, director of transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, said the agency’s fiscal situation is “far worse” than the worse case scenarios projected back in April. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA prepares for massive potential layoffs as budget crisis continues to build

More than 1,200 full-time jobs on the line as agency struggles to close deficit

Most Read