Prescription drug prices are at the top of America’s list of health care concerns. That, according to a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.
“Making sure that high-cost drugs for chronic conditions, such as HIV, hepatitis, mental illness and cancer, are affordable for those who need them is the top priority, picked by more than three quarters of the public (77%). It was the top priority of Democrats, Republicans and independents alike, with at least seven in 10 of each group citing it.”
Click below to view the list of the health priorities that came out of the public poll.
A US News & World Report story says that despite the public’s overwhelming desire to see something done about prescription drug prices……change will be difficult.
“Despite strong public support for government action, major changes are not likely to occur anytime soon, according to many experts. Unlike many other nations, the United States has never set prices on prescription drugs, and efforts to give government plans like Medicare and Medicaid more power to negotiate medicine prices have always failed.”
Average prices for the most widely used brand-name drugs jumped 128 percent between 2008 and 2014, according to prescription benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co. In 2014, total U.S. prescription drug spending increased about 13 percent according to the company’s estimates. Reasons include increasing research costs, insufficient competition and drug shortages.
Prescription drug prices grabbed national headlines recently when Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of Daraprim, a drug that has been around for more than 60 years, from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill overnight. Another pharmaceutical company has since announced that it would offer an alternative to Daraprim for less than $1 per pill.
This is a hot button topic right now, so share your thoughts with us on how we can find solutions to one of our nation’s top health care priorities. Working together to find those solutions will help us one day reach our vision of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!