Medication can be a powerful healing substance to treat or prevent disease, infections, and other health-related complications. However, medication cannot fulfill its purpose if it is not taken. There are many reasons why patients nationwide avoid taking it, simply from inadvertently neglecting or facing its side effects.
In 2020, healthcare spending in the United States increased by about 10% to $11,945 per person. The increase widened an already huge gap that too many of our legislators fail to include in their justifications of medical costs: the discrepancy in healthcare costs in the U.S. versus other high income countries.
The highest score in the Prescription Justice Congressional Report Card on Drug Prices – 100 – goes to Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), with a grade of A+. The only other A+ in the House goes to Rep. Perter Welch (D-VT), who landed a score of 99.5.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ7) is one of a very small number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives to receive an A- in our Congressional Report Card on Drug Prices. Only 16 other House members received an A-, A or A+. The congressman’s high grade is based on his voting record and because he has taken the Prescription Justice Pledge, proclaiming support for the Prescription Justice Policy Platform on lowering drug prices. We applaud Rep. Malisnowski for his actions to help end the crisis of high drug prices in America!
Prescription Justice is pleased to announce that Isaiah Cochran, MD has been appointed to the Prescription Justice Board of Directors.
Dr. Cochran is the immediate past president and chair of the board of trustees for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). He served as a key organizational spokesperson for AMSA and as an active promoter of the organization's educational programming, advocacy pursuits, and membership recruitment and engagement efforts.