New state Comptroller Kevin Lembo wants to merge prescription drug purchasing that is currently conducted by two separate state agencies, a move he says can save $66.5 million annually.  Lembo pledged during the campaign to not just do the reporting aspects of the comptroller’s office, but to be proactive.  Currently, both the state department of social services and the comptroller’s office purchase drug for different programs.

“This state streamlining would eliminate duplicative drug purchasing and provide significant savings through volume-related discounts,” Lembo told The Day of New London . “We must seize this savings immediately. Connecticut cannot afford to ignore this opportunity.

Lembo’s idea, which would have to go through the legislature’s government administration and elections committee, would allow the comptroller’s office to amend state prescription contracts. The savings would come by buying the prescription drug in bulk.

“As the state’s fiscal guardian, I am deeply committed to eliminate wasteful spending, strengthen budget transparency and deliver government services more efficiently. This proposal is an important step toward financial efficiency in state government – building on our continuing efforts to leverage the state’s purchasing power on behalf of municipalities and other organizations,” Lembo told The Day.