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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


Jan 18, 2018 Dorothee Mulhausen
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) Maybe if pharmaceutical companies weren’t in the back pockets of the members of the FDA, DEA and Congress, this wouldn’t be as serious of a problem.
Jan 18, 2018 Suzanne Danielson
Jan 18, 2018 Nancy Lopez Maybe what we need is an FDA that is not a wholly-owned subsidiary of big pharma
Jan 18, 2018 Nanette Silva
Jan 18, 2018 Catherine Stevens
Jan 16, 2018 jennifer leagan
Jan 16, 2018 Susan Jenkins
Jan 16, 2018 Didi Summerhawk
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 13, 2018 Beverly Brzycki
Jan 12, 2018 Regina Powell
Jan 11, 2018 C. Marshall
Jan 3, 2018 Eileen Thomas Please!!!
Jan 3, 2018 Susan Vandenassem Outrageous, totally unfair and cold-blooded, and unnecessary. People shouldn't have to forego life-saving meds in today's North America because the cost is untenable.
Jan 3, 2018 Debra Jackson
Jan 3, 2018 Jana Baber
Jan 3, 2018 Jennifer Shaw
Jan 3, 2018 Laura Schulz
Jan 3, 2018 Sylvia Ferro
Jan 3, 2018 Marsha A CHRISTOPH
Jan 3, 2018 Margarita Politte
Jan 3, 2018 Lourdes Guzman
Jan 3, 2018 Helen Rhinehart
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 Edgar Locklear
Jan 3, 2018 Mark Lungo
Jan 3, 2018 Janet Sherritt
Jan 3, 2018 Joseph Maggiore
Jan 3, 2018 Joseph Maggiore
Jan 3, 2018 Kristie Hatton
Jan 3, 2018 Kristie Hatton
Jan 3, 2018 Kristie Hatton
Jan 3, 2018 Sandra Martin
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2018 Dorothy Virgadamo Seniors and the disabled require medication in order to live. To increase the prices of these drugs to unbelievable costs, one that these groups of people could never be able to afford, is both evil and cruel. We should show compassion to the seniors.
Dec 31, 2017 (Name not displayed) For God's sake, you will be one of the elderly some day (hopefully) and wi ll be glad you worked so hard to make those over 65 able to get prescriptions they need. I have turned down several (am 82) and they must have lost lots of others like me. ENOUGH!
Dec 29, 2017 Elizabeth MacCanon
Dec 24, 2017 Nancy Clarke PLEASE HELP OUT ,THE ELDERLY,CHILDREN WITH THIS MED'S THANK-YOU
Dec 24, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 24, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
Dec 24, 2017 Denise Griffin
Dec 24, 2017 Lucinda Fox
Dec 24, 2017 Mary Siegler
Dec 24, 2017 Debbi Wood Trump's regime is all about corporations, billionaires, and party Before people -- taking, rarely ever giving. The pharmaceutical companies were bad before trump and noW are even worse. We Need Stronger Laws on pricing Rxs.
Dec 24, 2017 Karen Bratkovic
Dec 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 24, 2017 Melissa Simmons
Dec 24, 2017 Marina Cappas

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