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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 15, 2017 Nanette Silva
Sep 14, 2017 Sheila D
Sep 13, 2017 Angie Mason
Sep 13, 2017 Robin L Lane
Sep 6, 2017 Cindy Bassar
Sep 6, 2017 M Goldstein
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Christie Rawls
Sep 6, 2017 Questa Anderson
Sep 6, 2017 Anne Bergstrom
Sep 6, 2017 Maureen Dunne
Sep 6, 2017 Tracy Pierce
Sep 6, 2017 Ben Cooper
Sep 6, 2017 Mary Harris
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Deborah Caleb
Sep 6, 2017 D. MOREU Be human and humane.
Sep 6, 2017 Susan Hocking Pharmaceutical companies need to stop claiming lives for their profit and the government needs to step in and ensure that they do.
Sep 6, 2017 Barbara Hobbs
Sep 6, 2017 nancy behnken This is nothing except greed.
Sep 6, 2017 Deborah Golembiewski
Sep 6, 2017 jodie flanary
Sep 6, 2017 melek korel
Sep 5, 2017 Lynda Kerr
Aug 31, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Aug 27, 2017 Candi Gaona
Aug 25, 2017 Sarah Kennedy
Aug 25, 2017 Robin Bankhead The greed of the drug companies can't be allowed to contnue to flourish on the backs of the sick and disabled. Also, we need to repeal the nonintererence clause so Medicare can effectively negotiate with the greedy drug companies.
Aug 25, 2017 R. MOREU
Aug 25, 2017 R. MOREU
Aug 25, 2017 Debra Downs
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 Hart Palmer
Aug 25, 2017 Beth Appling There IS a way for pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, and American taxpayers & patients to work together - but YOU must find that way!! Excessive profiteering from patients who most need affordable drugs & healthcare is NOT an option!
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 Corinne Van Houten
Aug 25, 2017 Marietta Julienne
Aug 23, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 21, 2017 Bridget Delaney I've had to pay so much for basic meds. My friends have had the same. I have friends who need epipens and can't afford to pay $400 for one. I have friends who need life saving meds that cost them over $1,000 per pill and they definitely don't cost that
Aug 21, 2017 Chloé Espinasse
Aug 12, 2017 amelie dharma
Aug 11, 2017 Rolf Grimsrud
Aug 11, 2017 Susannah Gelbart People and this planet need to come before your profits!
Aug 11, 2017 RoseMarie Di Giovanni-Norton
Aug 11, 2017 Sheila Phillips
Aug 11, 2017 lynne rosenfield
Aug 11, 2017 Pat Cahill
Aug 11, 2017 Anne Jones I hope some day you people will be in the same shape these people are and you will not have the money to pay for the drug you need.
Aug 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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