November 20, 2015

Prescription Drugs a Focus in Democratic Debate

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The Democratic presidential debate on Saturday night included questions about addressing the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she supports capping out-of-pocket prescription drug costs at $250 per month and that Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices for seniors. Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the industrialized world, and last year drug prices went up by 13 percent.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said that he went over the Canadian border to show how much more affordable some cancer drugs are in other countries, compared to the United States. Sanders also supports allowing Medicare to negotiate better prices on behalf of seniors.

“I did not hear similar talk about prescription drug costs being too high at any of the Republican debates,” said Alliance President Robert Roach, Jr. “It doesn’t seem to be an issue that is high on the GOP agenda.” 

 

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