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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


Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2017 Betsy Gudz
Nov 6, 2017 Renita Wells
Nov 6, 2017 Ann Letourneau
Nov 2, 2017 Elizabeth Wolff
Nov 1, 2017 Michael meehan
Oct 31, 2017 Susan W Smith
Oct 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2017 Hope Steele
Oct 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2017 Richard Leliaert
Oct 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2017 Lynne Moore
Oct 27, 2017 Larry Branson
Oct 27, 2017 Lois HEMM
Oct 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2017 Karen Welsh Please help senior citizens like myself to be able to afford the scripts we need! My income is limited, as is most seniors, so help us be able to afford the meds we need.
Oct 27, 2017 Joseph Busarello
Oct 27, 2017 Dimitra Nisioti
Oct 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2017 Annicka Chetty
Oct 27, 2017 Margaret Goscilo
Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 20, 2017 Meg Blanchard
Oct 19, 2017 Gloria Darby
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 6, 2017 John W. Rumery Jr You should be ashamed of yourselves!
Oct 4, 2017 Paula Keenum
Oct 2, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Sep 28, 2017 James & Stephanie Cradduck The time is now to reign in the astronomical costs of prescription drug prices. We were just notified that in addition to our monthly premium increasing, but our deduction just increased to $400 each! Help us, please.
Sep 28, 2017 jack wenger
Sep 28, 2017 Beverly Rector
Sep 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2017 Cindi Goldberg
Sep 26, 2017 corina mitrov
Sep 26, 2017 trysha antonelli
Sep 24, 2017 Jackie Mills
Sep 24, 2017 Marilyn Rayner my husband and I can scarcely afford his diabetic prescriptions...it is rape of the American people! Economic power in few hands make tyranny.
Sep 24, 2017 Rhea Osland We certainly need to do something to bring down the price of prescription drugs. This is long overdue.
Sep 24, 2017 Laurie Pottish
Sep 24, 2017 Christopher Lake
Sep 24, 2017 sharon klakken
Sep 24, 2017 Paula Mahoney
Sep 24, 2017 Bruce Willhide
Sep 24, 2017 vickie bahr
Sep 24, 2017 Joseph Phillips
Sep 24, 2017 Marianne Carnegie My grandmother dies from Alzheimers and I think that BIG Pharma needs to be strictly regulated!

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