Letter: Fight for lower drug prices

Published: 3/15/2019 12:01:12 AM

Americans pay the highest brand-name drug prices in the world. Congress, the administration and, importantly, our own New Hampshire legislators must take action now to lower prescription drug prices, the root cause of this problem.

That’s why AARP is launching a national campaign urging federal and state policymakers to Stop Rx Greed by cracking down on price-gouging drug companies. AARP’s goal is to help lower drug prices for all Americans through decisive actions and solutions aimed not only at the federal level but also at the state level.

In 2017, the average annual cost for one brand-name medication used on a chronic basis was almost $6,800. For the average older American taking 4.5 prescription drugs per month, the average annual cost of therapy would have been more than $30,000.

No American should be forced to choose between paying for the medicines they need and paying for food, rent or other necessities. We urge New Hampshire lawmakers to work together with all members of Congress now to protect older Americans and pass bipartisan, common-sense legislation to lower prescription drug prices.

MARC A. BOYD

Bow

(The writer is the volunteer state president of AARP-NH.)




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