New bill addresses skyrocketing drug prices
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) just introduced comprehensive legislation to address the outrageous prices of prescription drugs. The Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 aims to bring down drug prices through a variety of measures.
Though we don’t endorse political candidates, RxRights signed on to support this legislation. You might recall that we worked with the offices of Senator Sanders and Representative Cummings earlier this year on their investigation into rising generic drug prices. It’s rare that Congress stands up to Big Pharma on issues related to drug pricing and we’re pleased to see that Sen. Sanders continues to raise the profile of this issue at the national level.
“Americans should not have to live in fear that they will go bankrupt if they get sick. People should not have to go without the medication they need just because their elected officials aren’t willing to challenge the drug and health care industry lobby,” Sanders said in a press release.
- Enable Medicare to negotiate for better drug prices
- Increase penalties for pharma fraud
- Ban pay-for-delay deals that keep cheaper generic drugs off the market
- Legalize importation of lower-cost drugs from Canada
- Require more transparency from drugmakers on drug pricing
A recent Kasier Family Foundation poll showed that many of these measures have wide public support.
Consumer input is crucial to keep the momentum going on this fight to bring down drug prices. We encourage you to sign Senator Sanders’ petition stating your support for this bill. Click here to access the petition.