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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


Sep 20, 2017 Ashley Waller
Sep 7, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Aug 19, 2017 John Moszyk
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2017 tony pallini
Aug 16, 2017 EDward J Connolly Jr
Aug 9, 2017 Felipe Menossi
Aug 2, 2017 Rosa Jacobs i have diabetes and i don't have insurance at the moment because i am fighting an appeal for my disability which resulted in me losing my medicaid and medicare i can't afford my meds out of pocket and because of that happening it has gotten worse
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed) The cost of prescriptions does need to come down. I find that I don't take all the meds precribed because I can't afford the cost.
Aug 2, 2017 Nancy Gales
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2017 Deborah Bunton The price of Prescription drugs are over the top but so are ocd , meds the Doctor wants you to take ,along with the prescription drugs, to help them work better. Medications are all too expensive.
Aug 2, 2017 Catherine Staton
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2017 Leah Hoffman
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2017 (Name not displayed) This article is exactly what my diabetic life is about - and it is important to note that $7,000+ Annual cost is out of pocket after Medicare Part D prescription coverage
Aug 1, 2017 Jeffery Webster
Jul 29, 2017 Beah Robinson
Jul 29, 2017 maureen kenny it is a shame that money and greed are placed before the needs of people. please don't allow this abuse to continue.
Jul 23, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 23, 2017 Susan Schueller
Jul 23, 2017 Rebecca Fox
Jul 22, 2017 Erik Bjarnar
Jul 19, 2017 Cairn Mahoney
Jul 14, 2017 Carol Painter
Jul 10, 2017 AJ Weiss
Jul 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2017 Dianne PunKay
Jul 2, 2017 Miguel Merlo
Jul 2, 2017 Judith Heeschen
Jul 2, 2017 Ingrid Brown
Jul 2, 2017 John Crout the price of prescription drugs are way to high and needs to come down and that's a fact!
Jul 2, 2017 gail deutsch
Jul 2, 2017 (Name not displayed) Most people on Medicare helped pay for this coverage why penalize them. This country needs a better system of controlling the greedy pharmaceutical companies.
Jul 2, 2017 mary white Profiteering is shameful!
Jul 2, 2017 Thomas Washburn, M.D. As a caring physician, I am alarmed by the scandals and corporate power of many pharmaceutical companies. The needs of our dear patients surely outweigh the greeds of the industry.
Jul 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2017 Michael Lee
Jul 2, 2017 Peggy Keller
Jul 2, 2017 Janice Thompson
Jul 2, 2017 R Roman
Jul 2, 2017 Emmanuel Xerias
Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 13, 2017 Linda Butler
Jun 11, 2017 Katherine Burt
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 4, 2017 Stephanie Linam

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