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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


Apr 19, 2017 antonio castro
Apr 19, 2017 Jennifer Rhoads
Apr 11, 2017 MICHI VOJTA Our country is rich; there is no reason we can't help those here who need. Let's follow the examples of many countries around the world which truly support its citizens and help them protect their health.
Apr 11, 2017 Leilani Logan
Apr 11, 2017 thom danfield It is way past time to join the rest of the enlightened and socially conscious societies and enact a single payer health system that will truly serve the people first, and NOT Big Pharma, et al. That is what a democracy deserves ! ! !
Apr 11, 2017 Pamela Zambriski
Apr 11, 2017 Lois McElwee
Apr 11, 2017 Sandra Solwick
Apr 11, 2017 Carol Linderborn
Apr 11, 2017 Gail Phillips
Apr 11, 2017 Patricia Mackenzie Prescription drugs should be within the reach of all who need them. No Human is less, or more, worthy than another.
Apr 11, 2017 Linda Greenwell It is despicable that pharmaceutical companies put profits over the health of the American people.
Apr 11, 2017 Martha Anderson
Apr 11, 2017 Alex Vollmer
Apr 11, 2017 Carol Bostick
Apr 11, 2017 steven fuchs
Apr 11, 2017 Carolyn Silva
Apr 11, 2017 elizabeth frank
Apr 11, 2017 Rhiannon Carpenter
Apr 11, 2017 Denise Bennett
Apr 11, 2017 Dina Kovarik It is criminal that Medicare doesn't negotiate drug prices. How obvious can you make it that our politicians work for the pharmaceutical industry and not their constituents? Shame on you all.
Apr 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please, don't let big pharma sway you. We need these drugs and it's deplorable the prices they charge. Greed is not good. helping human beings is good.
Apr 11, 2017 jennifer anderson
Apr 11, 2017 sue harrington
Apr 11, 2017 TAMI BRODY
Apr 11, 2017 April Hoffmeister
Apr 11, 2017 Nancy Coffey
Apr 11, 2017 Uma Chernoff
Apr 11, 2017 Denise Bailey
Apr 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) I understand that the price of existing drugs pay for the development of new drugs, but there is a limit. Please keep drugs affordable so that people do not have to choose between their health and their money!
Apr 11, 2017 Nancy Spinelli People before profits.
Apr 11, 2017 Karen Bray
Apr 11, 2017 Jennifer Reiner
Apr 11, 2017 Sonja Collier
Apr 11, 2017 Patricia Nick
Apr 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2017 Lisa Wilhelm Some pharma companies at least make it look like they're trying to help consumers with costly drugs by offering assistance programs, but not enough are making adequate efforts. Much more can be done to bring down costs so people get the drugs they need.
Apr 8, 2017 Dawn Simon
Apr 5, 2017 Emily Ettinger
Apr 3, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Mar 31, 2017 Marion Hulen
Mar 31, 2017 Eileen Moresi
Mar 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 31, 2017 Art Bensen
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 31, 2017 SUSAN-ROSSE SLATKOFF This kind of greed is evil.
Mar 31, 2017 Jackie Tryggeseth
Mar 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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