California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state will partner with Los Angeles County in its effort to bring down prescription drugs prices.

Earlier this year, the Democratic governor directed state agencies to begin buying drugs in bulk and using that leverage to negotiate lower prices.

The strategy remains in planning stages, with the first purchases not expected until later this year.

California Governor Gavin Newsom greets patient Joe Diaz, right, during a tour at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
California Governor Gavin Newsom greets patient Joe Diaz, right, during a tour at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Los Angeles County, home to 10 million people, will now join that purchasing pool.

Newsom — in a visit Wednesday to a rehabilitation center near Los Angeles — said patients and taxpayers are being gouged by soaring drug prices driven by corporate greed.

The governor projects the change in purchasing could ultimately save the state billions of dollars.

California Governor Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference while flanked by L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis,left and Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
California Governor Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference while flanked by L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis,left and Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
California Governor Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference while flanked by L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis,left and Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
California Governor Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference while flanked by L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis,left and Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Led by Physical Therapist Mary Thompson, California Governor Gavin Newsom tour with L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, center, at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Led by Physical Therapist Mary Thompson, California Governor Gavin Newsom tour with L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, center, at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Gov. Gavin Newsom reacts during a news conference while flanked by L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis,left and Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Gov. Gavin Newsom reacts during a news conference while flanked by L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis,left and Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Gov. Gavin Newsom reacts during a news conference while flanked by L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis,left and Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Gov. Gavin Newsom reacts during a news conference while flanked by L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis,left and Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Gov. Gavin Newsom, second from left, visits the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Gov. Gavin Newsom, second from left, visits the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
California Governor Gavin Newsom, right, joined by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn, center talks with patient Detroit Farmer during a tour at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel
California Governor Gavin Newsom, right, joined by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn, center talks with patient Detroit Farmer during a tour at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel
California Governor Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
California Governor Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

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