Republicans and Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration continued to spar Tuesday over expanding a state Web site that helps consumers shop for common prescription drugs.
Legislation announced by Republican Attorney General Mike Cox and GOP state Sen. Roger Kahn would add 120 drugs to the Web site, which currently lists 30 drugs.
Consumers can search the site for drug prices by ZIP code and pharmacy. Cox, long a proponent of a more user-friendly Web site, last week criticized the Michigan Department of Community Health for not expanding the site.
"This legislation will solve that problem," said Cox, who has conducted surveys showing wide drug price disparities among pharmacies just miles apart.
DCH spokesman T.J. Bucholz said Tuesday the department is willing to talk with lawmakers and Cox, but cited the state's budget deficit as a barrier.
"We'd like to make it more user-friendly than it is," he said of the Web site. "We simply don't have the resources to accomplish this goal."