Shortly before Thanksgiving, California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) released its implementation plan for Senate Bill 17 (Hernandez). The bill was signed into law in October, and its advance notice provisions take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
Despite the best efforts of CLSA and its partner trade associations, both Senate Bill 17 (Hernandez) and Assembly Bill 265 (Wood) reached the Governor’s desk and were signed into law.
In addition to Senate Bill 790 (McGuire), which was discussed in last month’s bulletin, several bills on which CLSA was active failed to become law this year. Unlike SB 790, these were bills CLSA had supported to varying degrees during the legislative process.
On Sept. 11, Senate Bill 790 (McGuire) was placed on the inactive file, meaning that, while the bill is dead for this year, it will be eligible to be heard again once the legislature reconvenes in early January 2018.
Despite the best efforts of CLSA and its partner trade associations, Senate Bill 17 (Hernandez) has reached the Governor’s desk. Gov. Brown has until Oct. 13 to sign the bill for it to become law. If it’s signed, the advance notice requirements, as discussed below, would become effective on Jan. 1, 2018.
CLSA’s Brett Johnson provides analysis to The Mercury News on Senate Bill 17, legislation pending in Sacramento that will harm patient access to care and biotechnology innovation in California.
“Californians have legitimate concerns about access to affordable drugs, but SB 17 does not address them. It is a bad deal for business and does nothing to benefit patients.” – William J. Newell, CEO, Sutro Biopharma & Vice Chairman, California Life Sciences Association.
“As an early-stage company CEO, I’m afraid that SB 17 will increase uncertainty and stifle investment that companies like ours rely on to develop new drugs.”
“Cancer is frightening in the abstract, and even more so when it becomes your reality. Three years ago, I was diagnosed at a relatively young age with late-stage colon cancer and have since gone through extensive treatments.”
CLSA’s Brett Johnson, Senior Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, was featured on KSRO 103.5 FM/1350 AM Sharing Life Sciences Sector Concerns With SB 17.