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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 15, 2018 Ianto Anglesey
Jul 14, 2018 Karen Phillips I spent the first 28 years of my career in the pharmaceuticals industry, but over the years, the growing emphasis has been on profit, and I have become disillusioned with the industry in general. Yes, it is a for-profit business, but it has become insane.
Jul 9, 2018 Helena Moore
Jul 8, 2018 Andrea Bertram
Jul 8, 2018 gary dube
Jul 8, 2018 Audrey Simpson
Jul 6, 2018 Renee McKenzie
Jul 6, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jun 28, 2018 Karishma Brough
Jun 28, 2018 Sharon Chilton
Jun 25, 2018 FAITH LOUDERMILK
Jun 24, 2018 Marge Schwartz
Jun 23, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 18, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jun 18, 2018 TRACY SCHALK
Jun 18, 2018 Joyce Glenn
Jun 15, 2018 Catherine Sweeney Outrageous!!! Lives are at stake...your greed has cost the lost of lives. Have you no heart & soul??? This does not go unnoticed by God Our Father....need I say more?
Jun 15, 2018 Annette Burns
Jun 11, 2018 Debbie Kennedy
Jun 11, 2018 ANNA BARRANCO
Jun 10, 2018 Jessie Dora
Jun 9, 2018 Janet Taylor
Jun 9, 2018 Chris White
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed) you have the very best insurance. please keep the cost down for senior.
Jun 9, 2018 Deirdre Gately
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2018 Marcia Ayres
Jun 9, 2018 Debra Budrevich Your motto should always be., "LIVES BEFORE PROFITS"
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2018 Rhoda Smith It hard enough going through cancer, then you want to charge outrageous amount for meds. Please cancer is already a expense please help not put us in more debt.
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed) Do something! Lives are on the line
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Rosemarie Napolitano
Jun 7, 2018 Cynthia Chan
Jun 7, 2018 Pamela Stevens I am a cancer patient and aware of the cost for chemo drugs. Thankfully I have very good insurance coverage but have heard from others that do not. Some have to go with other lower standard treatment or none at all. No wonder insurance rates are so high.
Jun 7, 2018 Valerie Romero
Jun 7, 2018 Elaine Cheney
Jun 7, 2018 Shawna Cooper
Jun 7, 2018 Holly Henning
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Michelle Miner
Jun 7, 2018 Diane Stroz
Jun 7, 2018 Cindy Hensley
Jun 7, 2018 tim hensley
Jun 7, 2018 Jennifer Lindimore The cost of medicine should not be something people have to worry about as they are fighting for their life. Nor should the cost be different depending on how patients pay....please change the policy for YOUR constituents.
Jun 7, 2018 Irena Tůmová

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