CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada state lawmaker and backers of a proposal to control insulin prices on Tuesday withdrew a key provision of the bill that would have made the state the first in the U.S. to mandate drugmakers refund diabetics or their insurance companies when the price of insulin rises more than inflation.
Sen. Yvanna Cancela, a Las Vegas Democrat, said the provision was removed from the bill she is sponsoring with backing from casino owners and unions representing casino workers after legislative attorneys warned her that the refunds could violate federal patent and interstate commerce laws.
“The idea is very simply that these transactions are dealt with out of state and so, as a state, we cannot regulate them,” Cancela in an interview. “I am very thankful that it came out now rather than later. I think that it would have been really awful to pass this bill and have Nevada end up in a lawsuit with what is a very litigious industry.”
Under an amended version of the bill, drugmakers would still have to notify state officials and insurance companies 90 days before increasing insulin prices by any amount and disclose insulin list prices, manufacturing costs, research investments and profit details.