California Democratic Party Chair on Governor Signing SB 17


California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman, RN, released the following statement in reaction to Governor Brown signing SB 17, which outlaws sudden hikes in pharmaceutical drug prices:

“Pharmaceuticals are uniquely susceptible to the kind of price gouging made infamous by Martin Shkreli, the notorious ‘pharma-bro’ who announced a massive increase in the cost of a lifesaving drug with no warning to patients, caregivers or the general public. With today’s signing of SB 17 into law, patients and caregivers across California can breathe a sigh of relief because this kind of extortion by unscrupulous pharmaceutical executives is now illegal in California.

This is one of the most important consumer and patient protection laws in decades. The California Democratic Party made this bill an urgent legislative priority, and more than a thousand people added their name to our letter urging approval of SB 17. I want to thank Governor Brown and Senator Ed Hernandez for being true champions for California’s patients and caregivers.”

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