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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


Feb 23, 2018 genevieve Labail
Feb 22, 2018 Jason Saville
Feb 22, 2018 Jerry Mulanax
Feb 22, 2018 Arthur Bensen
Feb 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2018 Candice C
Feb 22, 2018 EDITH LOBROT
Feb 22, 2018 Rita Leone
Feb 22, 2018 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
Feb 22, 2018 Kathleen Siskron
Feb 22, 2018 Pamela Hazen My asthma inhaler costs over $900 per 90 day supply. It may as well be $9,000. I'm a fixed income senior, just above the poverty level, but not quite middle income level.
Feb 22, 2018 Lisa Shantz
Feb 22, 2018 Robin Harper
Feb 22, 2018 Sue Bosman
Feb 22, 2018 Alysa Waring
Feb 22, 2018 Barbara Hrybinczak
Feb 22, 2018 Patti Bailley
Feb 22, 2018 Lisa-May Reynolds
Feb 22, 2018 Leslye Schoenhuth ~ STOP Price Gouging... The Cost of Drugs is KILLING People more than the Ailments they have... Please, Make Drugs Affordable Again...
Feb 22, 2018 Rhonda Spencer
Feb 22, 2018 Linda Jones
Feb 22, 2018 P Olins
Feb 22, 2018 P Olins
Feb 22, 2018 Judi Merrow The drugs should be affordable for all. Drug companies all ready make enough money!
Feb 22, 2018 ALEXANDER AND JANICE Bellenghi
Feb 22, 2018 Karen Lahr I have recently been diagnosed with Crohns disease. Humira is the chosen drug to treat me. It is close to $2000.00 per pen.. I need 2 per month. I am on Medicare so cannot have a savings card. Who can afford this? Please help me and the thousands like me.
Feb 22, 2018 Lynn Padilla
Feb 22, 2018 Lisa Fort
Feb 22, 2018 Paul Schumann
Feb 22, 2018 Thomas Oakley Seems like nothing is being done. Just wonder how many politicians get big donations from big pharma.
Feb 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2018 Susan Beam-Gilleland
Feb 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2018 Jacqui El Torro
Feb 22, 2018 Chizuko Walter
Feb 22, 2018 Kathy Toner When profits are more important than people & people die because they cannot afford drugs, where will the drug companies be then? Understand development costs, and if drug companies would rather recoup short term over long term - get out of the business.
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 4, 2018 Heide-Marie Henniger
Feb 4, 2018 Rebecca Lambert
Feb 4, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Jan 31, 2018 Dona LaSchiava GREED KILLS!
Jan 31, 2018 Pamela Haun
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 24, 2018 Maryanne Thompson I use epi-pens and my insurance will no longer pay for them. The alternative is still expensive but not as trusted. Please make medicine for all not just for profit!
Jan 24, 2018 Anna Heller
Jan 24, 2018 kirk widmayer
Jan 22, 2018 Marilyn Johnson Cancer meds and treatment should be affordable to everyone. Stop big pharmacy from outrageous profits while making it difficult for patients to afford the meds

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