Gavin Newsom dived into the highly charged debate over prescription drug prices in his first week as California's governor, vowing action on a topic that has enraged the public but has proved resistant to easy fixes.
His idea: Find strength in numbers. Within hours of taking office on Monday, Mr. Newsom signed an executive order proposing a plan that would allow California to directly negotiate with drug manufacturers.
The state would bring to the bargaining table not just the 13
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