Backers seek second look at Ohio drug-price ruling

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of a proposal aimed at controlling prescription drug prices are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider requiring their issue to be re-submitted to the Legislature after adequate signatures are collected.

Supporters of the Drug Price Relief Act, who include the California-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, say the requirement imposed in a Monday ruling would be unconstitutional and result in “extreme prejudice.” Their proposal aims to keep state entities from buying drugs at prices higher than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays.

They asked Wednesday for the issue to bypass lawmakers and go straight back to voters once enough names are collected.

Justices ruled election officials erroneously counted 10,303 signatures submitted last year, leaving backers short by 5,044 valid signatures. Backers have until Aug. 25 to resubmit new signatures. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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