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In 2015, America was outraged as the cost of a little-known drug called Daraprim skyrocketed overnight from $13.50 to $750 a pill. In 2016, the ubiquitous allergy medicine Epi-Pen rose from $100 to $600 in an instant.

Why? Profit.

These scandals are just two examples of a pervasive problem with American healthcare, which allows pharmaceutical companies to set prices as they see fit with a patchwork system of insurance providers. There are no restrictions of profit margins. There is little transparency in the pricing process. The result? Americans pay more for prescription drugs than any other nation in the world.

In most European countries, single-payer health systems use their size to negotiate big discounts, but the United States does not have a similar program and Obamacare did nothing to rein in the costs of prescription drugs when it was passed.

Clearly, something needs to change. When the price of lifesaving drugs suddenly goes from affordable to exorbitant, people deserve to understand why. When the VA is allowed to negotiate directly with drug companies, but Medicare is not, Medicare ends up with a deal that's better for the pharmaceutical companies than the people Medicare serves.

Two changes to current American policy would go a long way to ensuring pharmaceutical companies don't exploit the sick:

  1. Require drug-makers to justify the costs of their treatments and disclose major price hikes.
  2. Repeal the noninterference clause of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 which prevents Medicare, the single largest payer for health care in the U.S., from negotiating directly with drug companies.

Tell the Department of Health and Human Services enact the above legislation which would be a good start to controlling out-of-control drug prices in the United States. The American public shouldn't be expected to pad the pocketbooks of wealthy pharmaceutical executives! Lives are on the line.

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To the Secretary of Health and Human Services,

I am writing to you to express my concern for the growing cost of prescription drugs in the United States. Pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of ordinary, sick Americans, and it's up to you to do something about it.

Over the past few years, from Daraprim to EpiPen, we have seen a series of scandals emerge as pharmaceutical companies increase the prices of old drugs in an attempt to increase profits year after year. Since the United States has no single-payer healthcare system, this means the American public is being asked to shoulder the burden of these companies limitless greed at the cost of their health and financial stability.

Clearly, something needs to change. When the price of lifesaving drugs suddenly goes from affordable to exorbitant, people deserve to understand why. When the VA is allowed to negotiate directly with drug companies, but Medicare is not, Medicare ends up with a deal that's better for the pharmaceutical companies than the people Medicare serves.

Two changes to current American policy would go a long way to ensuring pharmaceutical companies don't exploit the sick:

  1. Require drug-makers to justify the costs of their treatments and disclose major price hikes.
  2. Repeal the noninterference clause of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 which prevents Medicare, the single largest payer for health care in the U.S., from negotiating directly with drug companies.

Please, enact the above policies which would be a good start to controlling out-of-control drug prices in the United States. The American public shouldn't be expected to pad the pocketbooks of wealthy pharmaceutical executives.

Petition Signatures


Dec 10, 2017 Gwendolyn Moore
Dec 6, 2017 Michalla Courtorielle
Dec 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 5, 2017 Rosanne Anderson
Dec 3, 2017 Amber Lopez
Dec 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 1, 2017 christine etapa
Nov 29, 2017 Lisa Legato
Nov 26, 2017 barbara gale
Nov 25, 2017 Cindy Ray
Nov 25, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 25, 2017 John Moszyk
Nov 25, 2017 Janis Bunch
Nov 17, 2017 Michelle Oroz
Nov 17, 2017 DIANE CORNWALL
Nov 17, 2017 Saffy Homaifar
Nov 17, 2017 Brian Gottejman
Nov 14, 2017 Cindy Krueger
Nov 14, 2017 Karen and Will Lozow Cleary
Nov 8, 2017 Louise Moore
Nov 7, 2017 Signe Dayhoff
Nov 7, 2017 Lisa Valiente
Nov 7, 2017 Jacqueline Roberts
Nov 4, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 3, 2017 Bonnie Giroux
Nov 1, 2017 Irina Golda Lamadrid
Oct 31, 2017 Marie Perry
Oct 31, 2017 Teresa Kohl
Oct 30, 2017 (Name not displayed) I feel we have found cures for cancer and other diseases but big pharma and insurance companies use there money to keep them from being done!!!
Oct 27, 2017 Wendy Horn
Oct 26, 2017 Lois Freeman
Oct 26, 2017 Dortheria Bolden This is ridiculous that people have to make the choice to either buy their medicine or eat.
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 24, 2017 Kim MITCHELL-ST.GERMAIN We really need so help here!
Oct 24, 2017 robert dowling
Oct 24, 2017 Frances Keshka
Oct 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 23, 2017 Barb Knight
Oct 23, 2017 tanya mcCormick
Oct 23, 2017 Chris McCormick
Oct 23, 2017 Karen Bray
Oct 23, 2017 Pamela Serrilla A healthy America is a strong America. Big Pharma threatens that and keeps us docile; beggars for what can help and/or heal.We need to be strong and healthy, at the expense of Big Pharma, not the other way around. Fund the research but heal the people.
Oct 23, 2017 Ann mccrystal This unreasonable hiking of prescription drug prices is literally making me sick. Same with untold numbers of people. Please take care of it. Thank you.
Oct 22, 2017 Erik Bjarnar
Oct 22, 2017 Teresa Foster
Oct 22, 2017 Teresa Foster
Oct 20, 2017 Rebecca Bellomy Big Pharma has become an evil-doer of the first order enriching themselves to the detriment of human beings. It must stop!
Oct 19, 2017 Laura Ochinero We all like to make money, but make your profits reasonable and allow people to get the care they need at a fair price.
Oct 19, 2017 Angela Hembroff
Oct 19, 2017 sue easton the pharmaceutical people should be asmeas

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