This piece originally ran in the Washington Times on Monday, January 20, 2003
West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise wants a Canadian-style system to
control pharmaceutical prices.
But if he gets his way, West Virginians will have fewer drug
choices and longer, more costly illnesses.
Faced with a state budget crisis, deepened by rising Medicaid
costs, Mr. Wise blames higher drug prices for West Virginia's fiscal
woes and wants drug-makers to charge the same prices set by the
Canadian government, not by the marketplace.