senate Bill S256

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to price gouging of medicine

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Consumer Protection Committee


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Jan 09, 2019 referred to consumer protection

S256 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §396-rrr, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S6514
2013-2014: S2138
2015-2016: S4508
2017-2018: S5262

S256 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits selling a drug subject to a shortage for an unconscionably excessive price.

S256 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S256 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   256

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection

AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to the price goug-
  ing of medicine

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
396-rrr to read as follows:
  §  396-RRR.  PRICE  GOUGING  OF  MEDICINE. 1. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS
SECTION, "DRUG SUBJECT TO A SHORTAGE" SHALL MEAN  ANY  DRUG  OR  MEDICAL
PRODUCT  INTENDED  FOR HUMAN USE PUBLICLY REPORTED AS BEING SUBJECT TO A
SHORTAGE BY THE U.S.  FOOD  AND  DRUG  ADMINISTRATION  ON  ITS  WEBSITE,
PROVIDED,  HOWEVER, THAT A DRUG OR MEDICAL PRODUCT SHALL ONLY BE CONSID-
ERED A "DRUG SUBJECT TO A SHORTAGE" DURING THE PERIOD OF TIME THAT  SUCH
DRUG OR MEDICAL PRODUCT IS LISTED AS BEING SUBJECT TO A SHORTAGE ON SUCH
WEBSITE.
  2.  NO PARTY WITHIN THE CHAIN OF DISTRIBUTION OF ANY DRUG SUBJECT TO A
SHORTAGE SHALL SELL OR OFFER TO SELL ANY SUCH DRUG SUBJECT TO A SHORTAGE
FOR AN AMOUNT WHICH REPRESENTS AN UNCONSCIONABLY EXCESSIVE PRICE.
  3. WHETHER A PRICE IS UNCONSCIONABLY EXCESSIVE IS A  QUESTION  OF  LAW
FOR THE COURT.
  (A)  THE  COURT'S  DETERMINATION  THAT A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION HAS
OCCURRED SHALL BE BASED ON ANY OF THE FOLLOWING FACTORS:
  (I) THAT THE AMOUNT OF THE EXCESS IN PRICE IS UNCONSCIONABLY EXTREME;
  (II) THAT THERE WAS AN EXERCISE OF UNFAIR LEVERAGE  OR  UNCONSCIONABLE
MEANS; OR
  (III)  A  COMBINATION OF BOTH FACTORS IN SUBPARAGRAPHS (I) AND (II) OF
THIS PARAGRAPH.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05721-01-9

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