ABQ Journal opinion. January 19. by Representative Herndon. In a first for New Mexico, lawmakers put the pharmaceutical industry on the hot seat recently with a daylong hearing on the high cost of prescription drugs, and the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee stood up for New Mexico patients and consumers by endorsing the creation of a Prescription Drug Affordability Board. For the many New Mexicans struggling to afford the medications they need, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham can add to her strong record as a public health leader by including the bill on her priority list for this legislative session.