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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


Jun 18, 2018 Joan Kelly
May 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2018 Kathryn Stark Most of my retirement money is going for Medicare and prescription drugs.
May 29, 2018 Dawn Bowers
May 29, 2018 Naomi Dreyer
May 29, 2018 Simon Patrick
May 29, 2018 Lori Visioli
May 29, 2018 Sue Scholl
May 29, 2018 tanya mcCormick
May 29, 2018 chris mcCormick
May 29, 2018 Annicka Chetty
May 29, 2018 Nancy Heard
May 29, 2018 Helen Rosario-Bird
May 29, 2018 Arthur White Don't let Big Pharma profits take precedence over American lives.
May 29, 2018 C Bradley It is unethical that people are dying in order to maximize profits. No one should be too poor for health care. We need medicare for all and to take the profit out of healthcare.
May 29, 2018 Tom Fray
May 29, 2018 (Name not displayed) People on who live on SS & have Medicare can't always afford their prescription medicines such as insulins & diabetic pills like Invokamet especially when they reach the coverage gap. The coverage gap needs to be done away.
May 29, 2018 Misty Day
May 29, 2018 Dolores Herrmann
May 27, 2018 Erica Mandel Having to pay $970 a month for insulin is RIDICULOUS and unfair since I need it to SURVIVE
May 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2018 Tracie martin Please due something about the high cost of insulin! PLEASE!
May 26, 2018 Russell Beatty Been a diabetic for over 20 years, and over the years I have witnessed the prices sky rocket.
May 25, 2018 Julie Bible
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) I have diabetes and take 3 different insulins. The cost is prohibitive. Also cardiac, pulmonary meds. My meds alone are almost $1700/month. That is my copay from my husband's insurance. That is my disability check.
May 25, 2018 Tina Hutchins It's a shame that most people can't afford medications or insulin because either they're uninsured, underinsured, or their health insurance refused to pay for them. Pharm companies need to stop raising prices and help those in need to stay healthy.
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) I'm on two types of insulin daily. Even though I have insurance I can't afford the copay. It's gotten so bad I can no longer work full time. Please help.
May 25, 2018 Debbie Blarr We easily pay $400 a month for my husbands diabetes medications and that’s in co-pays! Can’t images what it would cost if we had no insurance! It’s like they want you to choose death or poverty!
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Barbara Leary
Apr 22, 2018 Gilbert Ramirez
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Mar 30, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Mar 30, 2018 Martha Williams
Mar 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2018 Margery Gurrola I am retired, on a fixed income -- 2 injectable insulins and test strips are expensive
Mar 24, 2018 Kathi Palmer
Mar 22, 2018 Denice Liska
Mar 22, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Mar 17, 2018 DUANE BARTAWAY It's about time legislation places drug manufactures on notice that insulin is necessary for life and should be justified in market place and become affordable. People shouldn't have to choose to buy their insulin or food. A ceiling is necessary.
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2018 Lourdes Velandia Calderon
Feb 25, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 25, 2018 Mark Lungo
Feb 25, 2018 Gaya Covington

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