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In 2015, America was outraged as the cost of a little-known drug called Daraprim skyrocketed overnight from $13.50 to $750 a pill. In 2016, the ubiquitous allergy medicine Epi-Pen rose from $100 to $600 in an instant.

Why? Profit.

These scandals are just two examples of a pervasive problem with American healthcare, which allows pharmaceutical companies to set prices as they see fit with a patchwork system of insurance providers. There are no restrictions of profit margins. There is little transparency in the pricing process. The result? Americans pay more for prescription drugs than any other nation in the world.

In most European countries, single-payer health systems use their size to negotiate big discounts, but the United States does not have a similar program and Obamacare did nothing to rein in the costs of prescription drugs when it was passed.

Clearly, something needs to change. When the price of lifesaving drugs suddenly goes from affordable to exorbitant, people deserve to understand why. When the VA is allowed to negotiate directly with drug companies, but Medicare is not, Medicare ends up with a deal that's better for the pharmaceutical companies than the people Medicare serves.

Two changes to current American policy would go a long way to ensuring pharmaceutical companies don't exploit the sick:

  1. Require drug-makers to justify the costs of their treatments and disclose major price hikes.
  2. Repeal the noninterference clause of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 which prevents Medicare, the single largest payer for health care in the U.S., from negotiating directly with drug companies.

Tell the Department of Health and Human Services enact the above legislation which would be a good start to controlling out-of-control drug prices in the United States. The American public shouldn't be expected to pad the pocketbooks of wealthy pharmaceutical executives! Lives are on the line.

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To the Secretary of Health and Human Services,

I am writing to you to express my concern for the growing cost of prescription drugs in the United States. Pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of ordinary, sick Americans, and it's up to you to do something about it.

Over the past few years, from Daraprim to EpiPen, we have seen a series of scandals emerge as pharmaceutical companies increase the prices of old drugs in an attempt to increase profits year after year. Since the United States has no single-payer healthcare system, this means the American public is being asked to shoulder the burden of these companies limitless greed at the cost of their health and financial stability.

Clearly, something needs to change. When the price of lifesaving drugs suddenly goes from affordable to exorbitant, people deserve to understand why. When the VA is allowed to negotiate directly with drug companies, but Medicare is not, Medicare ends up with a deal that's better for the pharmaceutical companies than the people Medicare serves.

Two changes to current American policy would go a long way to ensuring pharmaceutical companies don't exploit the sick:

  1. Require drug-makers to justify the costs of their treatments and disclose major price hikes.
  2. Repeal the noninterference clause of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 which prevents Medicare, the single largest payer for health care in the U.S., from negotiating directly with drug companies.

Please, enact the above policies which would be a good start to controlling out-of-control drug prices in the United States. The American public shouldn't be expected to pad the pocketbooks of wealthy pharmaceutical executives.

Petition Signatures


Jan 19, 2017 CaSandra Alberty
Jan 18, 2017 Paul Williams
Jan 16, 2017 Cortney Lewis
Jan 8, 2017 kim wilbur
Jan 8, 2017 Pamela Lovitt
Jan 8, 2017 Francis Ray
Jan 8, 2017 Francis Ray
Jan 8, 2017 Jeanne Sheffer
Jan 8, 2017 Liam Perry
Jan 8, 2017 Joann Hess The bottom line is always GREED! It needs to STOP. Please help all of us, now.
Jan 8, 2017 Tobi Zausner
Jan 8, 2017 Susan Palmer
Jan 8, 2017 Janet Amber
Jan 8, 2017 Henryetta Kidd
Jan 8, 2017 Kris Wildman it is completely outrageous. Accountability for costs is necessary.
Jan 8, 2017 Nancy Cartwright The greedy pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and doctors caused us to go to Ecuador to try to find help for my husband's cancer, multiple myeloma. Because he had chemo shots, not intravenous chemo we paid 300.00 per shot at 2 shots per week
Jan 8, 2017 Tony Lilich
Jan 8, 2017 susan foley Something "stinks" with this issue. This should NOT be an issue in America!
Jan 8, 2017 Diane Hughes
Jan 8, 2017 Dona Gartrell I know it costs a lot to develop these drugs but how many of these drugs were developed with the help of tax payer money either from the government or donations to charities?
Jan 8, 2017 Ara and Sheryl Stepanian
Jan 8, 2017 rebecca cavanaugh
Jan 8, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Jan 8, 2017 Jane Wadsworth-Reyes
Jan 8, 2017 Gemma Jeva
Jan 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2017 Dawn Bowers
Jan 8, 2017 Laurel Williams The "free"market is not working for drugs. 1. We need to oversee the profit margins drug companies make. 2, For medicare and medicaid negotiate pricing just like any other insurance company does. Thank you
Jan 8, 2017 john pasqua
Jan 8, 2017 Debra Davidson I personally find it down right disgusting that drug companies care more about making money, then they do about people. I personally very strongely feel the Government must put caps on how drug companies can charge for the life saving drugs they make and
Jan 8, 2017 Soretta Rodack
Jan 8, 2017 Jason Wood
Jan 8, 2017 barbra clark Please listen to our pleas. Stop drug makers from controlling out-of-pocket drug prices. Lives are on the line.
Jan 8, 2017 susi holloway greed should not be the chief motivation when it comes to pharmaceuticals - this is life & death! we're guaranteed the pursuit of happiness, constitutionally, that includes our health...
Jan 8, 2017 Selena Millman
Jan 8, 2017 Mikail Barron
Jan 8, 2017 Eliza Duncan This is outragouse
Jan 8, 2017 Sharon Downs The time is long overdue to take on these drug companies and give us some relief from their exorbitant pricing of drugs
Jan 8, 2017 emily funke
Jan 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Jan 8, 2017 Leslie Hussey
Jan 8, 2017 Ellen Segal
Jan 8, 2017 Mary Franceschini It's unthinkable that people must choose between food and prescriptions! Get to work and do something about it!
Jan 8, 2017 Alex Vollmer
Jan 8, 2017 J Kookon
Jan 8, 2017 Fred Fall
Jan 8, 2017 Roxana Collins
Jan 8, 2017 Candace Davis
Jan 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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