California could launch its own generic prescription drug label

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California could become the first state with its own prescription drug label under a proposal Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Thursday.

Newsom wants California, home to nearly 40 million people, to contract with generic drug companies to make prescription medications on its behalf so it could then sell them to the public. The goal, according to the governor’s office, is to lower prices by increasing competition in the generic market.

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