Health bills reported to full chamber for debate

The Advertiser - The Senate Health and Welfare Committee reported to the full chamber for debate Tuesday bills to create cheaper medicine, to lower obesity rates and to provide more stringent opioid regulations.

Senate Bill 14 by Sen. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, expand the legal definition of “auto-injector" to include more than EpiPens, which treat allergy emergencies.

Luneau said his bill could drive the market to make less expensive options more competitive and help down drive prices that recently soared from $100 to around $600 per dose. He said the bill makes no changes to administration of the medication, but allows for the use of more modern technology.