Talk to the candidates during election season!
Election season is the perfect opportunity to have your voice heard. The candidates are out there campaigning and listening to constituents. There are many opportunities during the election season to talk to political candidates, including:
- Candidate forums and debates
- Civic and town hall meetings
- One-on-one meetings with legislators/staffers
Ask the candidates tough questions
Election season is an excellent time to ask the candidates about their position on the issue of affordable medicine. Here are some suggested questions:
- Will you back S. 2549, the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2014? Find out more about this bill introduced by Senators Klobuchar/McCain.
- Do you support Senator Vitter’s amendment? This amendment would defund the FDA’s proposed rule to allow for the seizure and destruction of personally imported medicine.
- If the answer to the above questions is “no,” ask them: “What are you doing to ensure that your constituents have access to affordable medicine?”
If you ask the right questions, you can help shape the discussion! Here’s how you can educate both incumbents and their challengers:
- Let them know that millions of Americans safely utilize drug importation.
- Illustrate the need for access to affordable medicine. Use our infographic and your personal story to illustrate the severity of the problem.
Tips for talking to candidates & incumbents
It’s important to be courteous, keep comments brief, and stick to the point.
1) Be respectful.
2) Outline your taking points ahead of time. Here’s an example:
- Your main concern: Medicine is not affordable (see our infographic for facts).
- Reason for your concern: The high price of prescription drugs affects me/my loved ones. This is how… (see #3)
- A suggested remedy for the problem: Legislation that allows importation in the short term, such as S.2549.
3) Include an emotional appeal or personal testimonial. If you need examples, we have a number of compelling testimonials featured on our website.
How else can you help?
Be informed! Learn the facts about the attacks upon your continued access to imported medicines by pharma lobbyists and their friends on Capitol Hill. Visit www.RxRights.org and sign up for our email updates.
Write letters! Write to your current representatives (look them up) or you local newspaper editor (find media contacts in your area). Educate your representatives and your community about the need for safe and affordable alternatives. Prescription drug adherence has risen to the level of a public health crisis—nearly half of uninsured Americans did not fill prescriptions due to cost this past year!
Tell your friends and family! Educate your family and friends. Tell them that 5 million Americans each year, including many elderly, safely import their needed prescriptions. If the ability to import medicine is taken away, their health will be in jeopardy.
Tell your story! We have been collecting testimonials from citizens throughout the U.S. who are struggling to afford their needed medicine. We’d like to have at least a few testimonials in each state. Add your story to the map!
*Call the White House (202-456-1111) and express your concerns (see our tips above).
*Long distance fees may apply
RxRights is a national coalition dedicated to raising awareness and spurring action around safe prescription drug importation. The Coalition seeks to inform and educate both the public and our elected officials on the complex issues surrounding prescription drug sales in the U.S. Read more about the Coaltion.
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