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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


Nov 14, 2017 Aylene Kovary
Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 23, 2017 Jennifer Annable
Sep 10, 2017 hebe martorella
Sep 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2017 Christopher Dennis
Aug 21, 2017 Maria Pereira
Aug 20, 2017 Jane Lemison
Aug 20, 2017 Richard Laba
Aug 20, 2017 corina mitrov
Aug 20, 2017 Teresa Kohl
Aug 19, 2017 Nancy Irvine
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2017 Carol Bostick
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2017 Brian Reynolds
Jul 11, 2017 Rebecca Carr Please work to bring the high cost of drugs down to a manageable amount, especially for those persons with disabilities and special needs.
Jun 27, 2017 Stefano Fuschetto
Jun 25, 2017 Leslie Williams
Jun 25, 2017 Lynn Laupheimer This is a matter of life and death.
Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 6, 2017 Jeannie Hall
Jun 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2017 Susannah Gelbart
Jun 2, 2017 Stephanie Ayan
Jun 2, 2017 Barbara Santoro
May 30, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 29, 2017 Diane Boulais
May 29, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
May 29, 2017 Amy Skaggs
May 28, 2017 Teresa Foster
May 27, 2017 cindy Clement
May 27, 2017 Elaine Greene
May 26, 2017 Linda Tabb
May 24, 2017 Suzanne Danielson
May 24, 2017 Diane Gravette
May 17, 2017 jane cook
May 14, 2017 Stephanie Linam
May 7, 2017 P D
Apr 25, 2017 Lindsey Holmes Peoples' health is more important than profit.
Apr 25, 2017 Deborah Bratcher
Apr 17, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Apr 16, 2017 Micah McVicker
Apr 13, 2017 Gilbert Christman
Apr 9, 2017 Lauri Moon
Apr 6, 2017 Deborah McDonald Protect people not pharmaceutical companies
Mar 27, 2017 skye rogerson

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