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HOW

BIG PHARMA

KEEPS DRUG PRICES HIGH

The lobbying, games and manipulation the drug industry uses to keep the cost of your prescription drugs rising — and what you can do about it

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What can be done

Potential solutions to bring drug prices under control.

What you can do

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AARP advocates for Medicare prescription drug price negotiation and reimportation of medicines. If you are an AARP member, you can send a message to Congress.

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2.

Patients for Affordable Drugs is an advocacy group that does not accept money from pharmaceutical companies. It is collecting stories about people facing high medication costs.

Email them

3.

PhRMA is the PR and lobbying group for pharmaceutical companies. It is running a campaign it says pushes to lower drug prices.

CALL PhRMA (202) 835-3400

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The Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2017 would give the government the ability to bargain with drug manufacturers for Part D medicines. Read the bill.

Call Your Rep (202) 224-3121

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The Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act would require name brand drug companies to play nice with generic manufacturers. Read the bill.

Call Your Senator (202) 224-3121

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The Creating Transparency to Have Drug Rebates Unlocked (C-THRU) Act would require pharmacy benefit manager companies to be transparent about how they handle rebates and where that money goes. Find out more.

Call Your Senator (202) 224-3121

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Sen. Bernie Sanders wants Medicare for all. You can find out more and volunteer to help his effort on his website if you agree.

Volunteer

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Reputable online pharmacies in Canada supply medicines at a steep discount to what Americans normally pay. While technically not legal, Uncle Sam is not prosecuting individuals who do so.

Check Canadian prices

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