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Prescription drug panel: Rep. Greenlick hazed me

Panelists joke that they were hazed by the curmudgeonly chairman of the House Health Care Committee.

OREGON LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION SYSTEM - Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-PortlandPORTLAND - Two members of a Lund Report panel discussing the cost of prescription drugs Wednesday in Portland quipped that they had been hazed by Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland.

Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland, said when he was a freshman lawmaker, Greenlick, the curmudgeonly chairman of the House Health Care Committee, had tasked him with crafting legislation aimed at curbing the rising cost of medications.

"In his wisdom or his desire to haze a freshman representative, he asked me to work on those concepts and tasked me with working on a work group to pull that together," Nosse recounted.

The legislation failed for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. Daniel Hartung, associate professor of pharmacy at Oregon State University, chimed in later and said he could empathize. Greenlick was Hartung's thesis adviser at Oregon Health & Science University.

"It was kind of interesting to hear from Rep. Nosse on working with Rep. Greenlick," Hargung joked. "I also was hazed by Rep. Greenlick, when I was working on my master's degree."

Greenlick was the past chairman of the Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine in the Medical School of OHSU. He also was director of the Kaiser Center for Health Research and vice president for research for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals before his retirement in 1995.