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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


Jul 13, 2017 Valerie Breslin It's time to put people first and the profits of the pharmaceuticals second. It's no wonder people buy the drugs they need from Canada and/or Mexico and take the risk of them being bad drugs. Wake up America!!!
Jul 13, 2017 Diana Dee
Jul 13, 2017 Tom Fray Nothing could be more evil than "profiting" from others suffering.
Jul 13, 2017 Patricia Firouzan
Jul 13, 2017 Patricia Ross
Jul 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2017 Francine Allen It is troubling to me that medications which use to be affordable skyrocket in price beyond the reach of most patients just because Big Pharma can do this (not because they need the revenue to stay in business). We all face a high likelihood needing meds
Jul 12, 2017 Neville Bruce
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Drug companies have too much power in the USA. Why? Congress allows it.
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please help keep costs down on drugs so that insurance is not so high and that individuals can afford their medications
Jul 12, 2017 Stacie Patterson
Jul 12, 2017 Michelle Campbell Such a disgrace
Jul 12, 2017 Patricia & Gary Schneider
Jul 12, 2017 Patricia Daniels
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2017 Connie Walker
Jul 12, 2017 Kim Johnson
Jul 12, 2017 AMY williams
Jul 12, 2017 Jaye Duncan
Jul 12, 2017 Kathryn Reinhardt This has been and is getting more out of control. Something needs to be done now!!
Jul 12, 2017 Dora Shewmake
Jul 12, 2017 Marga Childs
Jul 12, 2017 Judy Lods
Jul 12, 2017 Trudy Glenn
Jul 12, 2017 Dana Oholorogg
Jul 12, 2017 Bunnie Striggow
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) We need to make prescriptions available to all at a reasonable price to all.
Jul 12, 2017 Renella Kendall
Jul 12, 2017 Ash Decker
Jul 12, 2017 Christine Meyer
Jul 12, 2017 nichole watts
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2017 Andrea Namanworth OFS
Jul 6, 2017 Frances Jankowski
Jul 5, 2017 Margaret Jensen
Jun 29, 2017 (Name not displayed) Look after your people. Their lives literally depend on these meds.
Jun 29, 2017 linda magyar please stop being fueled by pure greed and make medicine affordable.
Jun 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2017 Kerry Flynn
Jun 29, 2017 robert dowling
Jun 27, 2017 Marian Eichhorn
Jun 27, 2017 Rosamaria Torres
Jun 27, 2017 Chris Byknish The screwing over of the American people by the drug conglomerates and the insurance industry is getting to the point that the low income & poor will dies sooner - This country has surely changed from one of caring to one that hates all but the very rich
Jun 19, 2017 Charlotte Dent
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2017 Lyssa Twomey
Jun 19, 2017 Donna Reynoso-Brand Put seniors and those with limited funds before your excessive profits.
Jun 19, 2017 Richard Anderson
Jun 19, 2017 Katherine Herold

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