Tag: drug pricing

12 Aug 2019
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The Prescription Justice Board of Directors stands with AARP and Families USA in support of the administration’s Safe Importation Action Plan but strongly urges Congress and the administration to quickly enact more impactful reforms to address the nation’s prescription drug price crisis.

As a reminder, Prescription Justice brought 24 organizations together in support of the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act.

Each year, tens of millions of Americans are forced to forgo filling their prescription because of cost. Forgoing prescribed medication leads to sickness, death, and even larger healthcare costs from hospitalizations when patients stop taking their medications. Every effort to open the door to lower-cost prescription drugs is a step forward to ending this crisis, including safe prescription drug importation. (more…)

18 Jun 2019
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In its April 2019 piece entitled “Importing Bad Ideas on Drug Prices,“ the Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal showcases several of the flawed arguments and propaganda techniques employed by the big pharma lobby to undermine the fair, safe and pragmatic practice of importing prescription drugs from Canada. Fortunately, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and state lawmakers weren’t swayed, and have passed a new law to create a state-based drug importation program.

Prescription Justice applauds this decisive action – and the similar laws passed in Vermont and Colorado. We firmly believe that importation is a critical piece of the puzzle to ending the crisis of high drug prices in America. Other states weighing the option should take note.

High drug prices affect Americans from all states, regions, and walks of life. Importation has immense bi-partisan support as a solution to the crisis of high drug prices: 76% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats – 80% overall – support importation from Canada. The state drug importation laws require cooperation from the federal government, and the Trump administration has voiced strong support for Florida’s new law. As we await federal approval of the new Florida plan, and as other states follow suit, Prescription Justice offers the following points of view in response to the WSJ Editorial Board and other opponents of drug importation plans. (more…)

04 Apr 2019
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Earlier this week, Prescription Justice founder Gabriel Levitt published an article in The Nation entitled, “Is the FDA Misleading Congress About the Safety of Imported Medicines?”. While we advocate for policies and legislative reforms to bring down drug prices here in the U.S., the article highlights the fact that personal prescription drug importation is already a lifeline for millions of Americans who can’t afford their medications here. (more…)

12 Sep 2018
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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was awarded a 5-Star rating from Prescription Justice for her full support of the Prescription Justice Policy Platform. These are commonsense and necessary policies to lower drug prices here at home and expand access to lower cost medication from pharmacies in other countries.

Prescription Justice assigns ratings to members of Congress based on their support of the organization’s policy platform.  The Prescription Justice Policy Platform is based on the reality that America is suffering from a crisis of high drug prices. (more…)

27 Jun 2018
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We are pleased to announce that U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) has received the Prescription Justice 5-star rating based on his full support of the organization’s Policy Platform to lower drug prices here and expand access to safe and affordable medication from other countries. Senator King’s 5-star rating reflects his unwavering support of commonsense policy solutions to end the prescription drug affordability crisis. Members of Congress get one star for their positions on the following:  

1. Recognizes that the United States is suffering from a crisis of high drug prices?

2. Ending the ban that prevents Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices with pharmaceutical companies;

3. Making reverse payment arrangements between brand and generic companies, also known as “pay-for-delay” illegal;

4. Legalizing the importation of lower-cost medication from Canada and other countries with similarly strict pharmaceutical regulations; and

5. Using reasonable, commonsense, and compassionate enforcement discretion to permit individuals to import small quantities of affordable medication to fill prescriptions. (more…)

19 Jun 2018
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Prescription Justice has endorsed Ryan Watts for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 6th District of North Carolina based on his pro-patient/pro-consumer stance to address the prescription drug price crisis in America.

Ryan Watts fully supports the Prescription Justice Policy Platform to permit Medicare to negotiate drug prices; ending “pay-for-delay” deals by pharmaceutical companies that prevent lower cost generics from coming to market; legalizing importation of lower-cost and safe medication; and expressly permitting personal importation now from licensed pharmacies as a lifeline of affordable medication. (more…)

16 May 2018
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Last Friday, President Trump unveiled his blueprint to lower drug prices named American Patients First. Sadly, the Administration’s plan excludes Trump’s campaign promises to use the massive buying power of the government's Medicare program to negotiate lower prices for older Americans and provide greater access to imported, lower-cost medications. (more…)

11 May 2018
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As President Donald Trump gives his big speech on drug prices today, we're going to highlight a young candidate for U.S. Congress who is clearly on the side of the people on the issue of drug prices. Ryan Watts, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 6th District of North Carolina, became the first candidate to complete the Prescription Justice Drug Prices Policy Platform Questionnaire, a national bipartisan effort to provide members of Congress and candidates for statewide and federal offices an opportunity to state their position on the Prescription Justice policy platform(more…)

10 Apr 2018
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A group of over 50 healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses and physician assistants, have come together to demand the federal government stop any action that would restrict access to lifesaving medications through personal prescription importation.

In a letter sent to President Donald Trump, members of Congress and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the healthcare providers expressed their alarm over FDA’s action in Florida against offices that primarily serve older Americans who prefer in-person assistance with purchasing medications from Canada and other countries, rather than using an internet site. Last year, FDA agents armed with search warrants notified the office owners that importing drugs is illegal and those who help “administer” such drugs could face fines or jail time. Yet, according to its owners, these offices do not dispense or administer medication to patients. (more…)

08 Feb 2018
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Prescription Justice heartily endorses Utah bill HB 163, The Prescription Drug Affordability Act, and applauds Utah Representative Norman Thurston (R-63), its lead sponsor. The bill envisions the federal government permitting Utah to import wholesale quantities of FDA-approved drugs from Canada, which would then be dispensed to patients at retail pharmacies and hospitals in Utah. Canadian wholesale pharmacy prices are much lower on many expensive brand name drugs. Utahans would stand to save hundreds of millions of dollars on their collective pharmacy bill.

The bill’s passage would authorize a study, one lead by the Utah Department of Health on the creation of a wholesale drug importation program, one that would operate in accordance with U.S. law. Specifically, Section 804 of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, called Importation of Prescription Drugs, makes wholesale and personal importation of prescription drugs from Canada lawful – but only if the Secretary of Health and Human Services certifies that the practice poses no additional risk to the public’s health and safety and will result in a significant reduction in the cost of covered products to the American consumer. HB 163 endeavors that Utah’s program will receive such certification. (more…)