A letter to the editor in one area newspaper, the AikenStandard, discusses how a local MD, Dr. Margaret H. Fitch, feels some prescription drug companies are overpricing their wares. One example in the news recently was Turing Pharmaceuticals, which, having purchased a drug from a rival drug maker, changed its price (according to the letter) from about $7 a pill to $700 a pill—a 10,000% increase ($7 to $14 would be 100%.) This increase, along with similar increases for other drugs, is more accurately described in an article in “Fortune.com,” (“This 62-year-old drug just got 5,000% more expensive.”) Interestingly enough, their drug was considered a drug of choice used to successfully treat malaria and toxoplasmosis. One might wonder how many deaths might already have been caused by such a draculean increase in price. Lacking the option to simply write a check to Turing (maybe you’re already buying cat food, and you have no cat,) what is left? The conditions, untreated, are fatal.
How many of us think our Congress should (or, perhaps, must) come up with a couple of corrections to current law? One correction would be to give our government the opportunity to eliminate patent law protections where a company is found to be abusing the privilege. Another correction would be to modify current law to allow Medicare to negotiate price with drug suppliers to assure that Americans receive, at the very least, the same low prices that the suppliers provide to programs in other countries. One added thing needs to be examined, and that is why, exactly, the prohibition of negotiation was included in the law (The Affordable Care Act) in the first place, and which legislators are responsible for this rape of the public.
I you agree with Dr. Fitch, you might wish to visit an article that appeared in Examiner a few months ago, an article that provides links to easily send comments to your state’s U.S. Senators and to your Representatives to the House, as well as to the President, Speaker of the House, and the Supreme Court. This information is what most of us should keep on hand to meaningfully respond to internet articles such as the one described above. Our elected representatives can only help in situations such as this if they know what we want them to do. In this case, the thing to do would be to send a link to this article (or a copy of the article itself) along with your request (or your demand) that they act in accordance with the suggestions found here.
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