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  • Caitlin DeLuca

End the Greed: It's time to lower prescription drug costs

Working families all over our state are struggling with the rising costs of healthcare. Too many Mainers have to choose between paying rent, buying groceries, or seeking the care they need to remain healthy.

Often, the first form of care that people are forced to sacrifice is their prescription medication. Over 200,000 Mainers have gone without prescribed medication due to the cost at some point. Even with a good insurance plan, out-of-pocket costs for medication can add up, making it harder for many to afford the medication they need to stay healthy.

During this pandemic, with unemployment rates rising, Big Pharma keeps hiking up their prices. This is not only unacceptable, but dangerous. With many Mainers still looking for work, more and more people will have to make the impossible choice of rationing medication or going without it entirely.

There are a lot of good solutions to take on the greed of Big Pharma, including:

  • Putting a cap on the price of life-saving drugs

  • Setting up international reference rates for drugs, so that prices here are the same as across the border in Canada

  • Preventing price gouging of generic medication

  • Increasing oversight and accountability of drug companies

No one should have to choose between putting food on the table or affording their prescribed medication.

Add your name to our petition to send a message to the Legislature: Every Mainer should have access to healthcare.

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