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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


Apr 19, 2018 Nancy Seay
Apr 13, 2018 paula williams
Apr 11, 2018 Christine Maidl
Apr 11, 2018 Joan Ellis
Apr 11, 2018 freddie williams
Apr 11, 2018 Joan Sampson
Apr 11, 2018 Diane Beeman
Apr 11, 2018 Sandi Crawford I've been in situations where I could not afford medication and I have a good job too! This needs to stop now. Medications need to be affordable for our healths sake. Everything should not be about money!
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) Time for a change for the better.
Apr 11, 2018 Ian Whitelaw
Apr 10, 2018 Amy Cheshier
Apr 10, 2018 Chelsie Marcusen
Apr 10, 2018 Lynne Minore
Apr 10, 2018 Pamela Lawrence
Apr 10, 2018 Ryan McKenzie
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Ann Schmitt
Apr 10, 2018 Patricia Kortjohn
Apr 10, 2018 Angela Moore
Apr 10, 2018 Joanne Pritchard It is outrageous that I have to get my mess from Canada, the U.K. and India. Let Medicare nogotiate with all pharmaceutical companies.
Apr 10, 2018 Barbara Lintz
Apr 10, 2018 Jeamsiean Price
Apr 10, 2018 Connie Baysore
Apr 9, 2018 Foschi Mattia
Apr 8, 2018 Tina Pittman
Apr 8, 2018 Sue Balk
Apr 8, 2018 Elizabeth McCoy Drug prices are too expensive. Please lower the cost on all.
Apr 8, 2018 Carmelle Anaya
Apr 8, 2018 (Name not displayed) Make drug prices affordable to all, not just the wealthy.
Apr 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 8, 2018 Haley Lavris
Apr 8, 2018 Angelia Jones My granddaughter has diabetes.
Apr 8, 2018 CHARLOTTE GASSER LET US STOP THAT PHARMACEUTCAL COMPANIES ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ORDINARY,SICK AMERICANS !!!!!
Apr 8, 2018 Patricia Dunkum
Apr 8, 2018 Marilyn Anderson
Apr 8, 2018 Rita Gouse As a senior n retired on limited income medicine is just too expensive many times ...... so it's either medicine or food .......... sad
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2018 Kathleen Neely
Apr 6, 2018 Michelle Dietzman
Apr 6, 2018 Deborah Godfrey
Apr 6, 2018 Sheri LaGrave
Apr 6, 2018 Joan Bindner
Apr 6, 2018 Sandie O'Toole
Apr 6, 2018 lucretia thomas
Apr 6, 2018 Christine Reinecke
Apr 6, 2018 Marie Prom Can no longer afford these high drug prices, the greed in drug prices is killing our society.
Apr 6, 2018 Kim Edwards
Apr 6, 2018 Liz Eviston
Apr 6, 2018 Kathleen STAUFFER It's a shame we do without our meds because we can't afford them I have a lot I do without . Stop marking them up make them affordable.
Apr 6, 2018 Deborah Larson

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