To lower drug costs, a bill in California would prohibit coupons


n a novel bid to slash drug costs, a California legislator has introduced a bill to prohibit the use of coupons when a lower-priced medicine is available.

The legislation, which is only the second such effort to be introduced in a state legislature, comes as controversy mounts over the role that coupons play in the debate over rising health care costs and prescription medicines, in particular. Last November, two New Jersey lawmakers proposed a similar bill.

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