"By introducing the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act, Sens. Sanders, Booker and Casey have heeded the call of the millions of Americans who struggle each year with the insurmountable costs of prescription drugs " said Jodi Dart, executive director of Prescription Justice. "This legislation will provide new safety protocols and guidance for American consumers who need access to lower cost medications from safe international pharmacies, beginning with Canada. Last year, 45 million Americans did not fill a prescription because of costs, and a recent poll commissioned by Prescription Justice shows overwhelming majorities support changes that will bring down drug prices. President Trump and members of Congress have an opportunity to make good on their promises to lower drug prices for American consumers. We hope they will have the political will and courage to pass this important legislation."
Prescription Justice is a non-profit organization that brings together doctors, lawyers, public health advocates, and companies dedicated to helping people afford medication. Prescription Justice advocates for legislative and policy reforms to allow personal prescription importation, permitting Medicare to negotiate drug prices, and ending "pay to delay" activities by pharmaceutical companies that prevent lower cost generics from coming to market.
According to a new Zogby Poll, 75% of Americans agree with President Trump that the pharmaceutical industry is “getting away with murder” on drug prices. While Republican members of Congress have prioritized the dismantling of Obamacare, the majority of Americans, both Republican and Democrats alike, are clearly concerned about prescription drug costs. The poll shows that 79 percent of Americans believe drug prices are too high, while nearly 52 percent believe the pharmaceutical industry is price gouging and putting profits over patients.
There is a clearly a public health crisis. Too many Americans are going without necessary medications because of their skyrocketing costs. This new poll shows the serious effects of exorbitant drug prices on consumers: because of costs, nearly 1 in 3 Americans say they have gone without medication and 1 in 4 have had to choose between medication and a necessity like food or housing.
Today, Prescription Justice issued a press release announcing new data showing that 45 million Americans did not fill a prescription in 2016 because of drug costs and the publication of its policy report recommending that President Donald Trump take executive actions to help consumers more easily import lower cost medications for personal use. Previously, Prescription Justice reported that 35 million American adults did not fill a prescription because of cost. The new data, extracted from the Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 International Health Policy Survey of Adults, shows the crisis of high drug prices to be worse than is widely reported. (more…)