North Dakota pharmacy ownership repeal initiative filed for 2010
BISMARK, North Dakota: Last week an initiative to repeal North Dakota's pharmacy ownership law was filed with the secretary of state. The sponsoring committee is called Citizens for Lower Prescription Drugs. In February 2009 the North Dakota House of Representatives reviewed and rejected a bill that proposed repeal the provision that requires pharmacies to be majority-owned by pharmacists. It is argued that the law prevents stores and hospitals from opening their own pharmacies in North Dakota. If the secretary of state approves the initiative for the 2010 ballot, supporters will need to collect a minimum of 12,844 valid signatures.