'Act to lower drug prices'

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It's time for real action on prescription drugs.

I recently tried to order an anti-eczema at the drugstore called Desonide. A 30 gm tube was $230 through my part D insurance, $460 without insurance. I checked with my Canadian authorized pharmacy and could get 60 gm for $50.

It is time for Congress to take real action to reduce prescription drug prices. The president said drug companies are ripping us off, they sure are. The same drugs used in advanced nations around the globe cost about half of what they do in the USA.

Numerous bills were introduced addressing this matter in the last session of Congress and are on for this session also: 1) Allow individuals with a prescription to import a 90 day supply of safe and lower priced drugs from Canada; 2) Have Medicare put its drug list out for bid, like the VA does, saving billions of dollars; 3) Banning deals made by brand-name drug manufactures to delay lower cost generic drug introductions. Many of these bills have companion bills in both houses.

One would think this is a no brainer but the legions of pharmaceutical lobbyists in Washington, DC coupled with massive campaign contributions, to both parties, particularly to those at the throttle, has prevented significant progress with only minor bills ever getting out of the controlling committees. Congress must act.

William Simmons

Janesville

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