Democrats Urge Sununu to Join Generic Drug Lawsuit Filed by 44 Other States

May 15, 2019

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Senate Democrats are urging Governor Chris Sununu and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald to join 44 other states in a lawsuit against makers of generic drugs.

The lawsuit, which could be the largest of its kind in American history, alleges that makers of generic drugs have been conspiring for years to artificially inflate prices.

New Hampshire is one of just six states that hasn't signed on to the suit, though the state did join an earlier lawsuit that came out of the same investigation.

That came as a surprise to Democratic state Senators Cindy Rosenwald and Tom Sherman, who sent a letter to the governor and attorney general Wednesday calling on them to join the other states.

“I'm surprised that we're this late in the game, but it's better late than never,” said Sherman, “I think we should move forward as quickly as possible to be a part of this.”

Sherman, who is a physician as well as head of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said the effects of the alleged price-fixing scheme are having an impact in New Hampshire.

“This is directly affecting not just my patients but the residents of New Hampshire,” said Sherman, “we need to step up and protect those patients, those residents.”

Officials with the state Attorney General's office told NHPR earlier this week they were reviewing the lawsuit and still needed more time to make a decision.