Spiraling Drug Prices (Preserve & Protect)

For many Americans, the rising cost of prescription drugs can often mean difficult budget decisions. Money set aside for food and clothes may instead have to go toward medications.

According to CNN:

Prescription drug costs are rising dramatically in the United States. Based on a recent survey by Consumer Reports, 33% of Americans were paying an average of $39 more out of pocket for their regular prescription medications, and 10% were paying as much as an extra $100. Among the drugs that saw the highest increases were medications for asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes, which went up by more than 10% last year.

The prescription drug issue captured national attention recently when Daraprim, a drug that has been around for more than 60 years, went from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill overnight. The public outcry is forcing Turing Pharmaceuticals to lower the price, according to NBC News, but no one yet knows by how much. You can watch the story by clicking below.

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Duraprim is not alone as the cost of many prescription drugs is rising. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is calling for a monthly cap and a cap on annual out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs to help patients with chronic or serious health conditions. Pharmaceutical companies claim the proposal would “turn back the clock on medical innovation and halt progress against the diseases that patients fear most.”

Are the rising costs inevitable or can something be done to help American families afford the prescription drugs they need without cutting back on daily expenses?  Share your thoughts as these are the types of issues we must solve to reach our vision of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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