Rising prescription drug costs continue to threaten U.S. residents’ physical and financial health, leaving millions of Americans unable to afford essential medications. Nevertheless, pharmaceutical companies have continued to increase prices on critical drugs like insulin. Despite Donald Trump’s vocal campaign promises to limit prescription spending, his administration’s proposed approach does nothing to curb pharmaceutical companies’ ability to set astronomical drug prices. Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced a number of bills designed to meaningfully decrease prescription costs, some of which have bipartisan support from Republicans. A few key proposals from these bills include:
Accelerating the process to bring generic drugs to market
Limiting consumers’ out-of-pocket spending
Allowing consumers to buy lower-priced medications from Canada, in turn driving down prices for US drugs due to increased competition
Allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with drug makers to increase transparency and lower prices
Requiring brand name drugs to lower excessive prices or face direct competition from generic drugs
As these bills are introduced and considered, constituents must urge their representatives to support legislation to substantively control prescription drug costs. The good news is that the House has passed the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act (HR 987) in a 234-183 vote. The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.
TWO CALLS TO MAKE: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles: 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
I'm calling because I am very concerned about high prescription drug costs. I urge the senator to support and vote for Senate S.62 and S.102, and other drug cost control bills. I am particularly interested in bills that...
PICK ONE OR TWO PRIORITIES:
Allow importing of drugs from Canada
Cap out-of-pocket drug spending
Require branded drugs sold in the US to cost the same as those sold abroad
Bring generic drugs to market faster
Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices directly
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.