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December 17, 2013

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Reports state that millions of folks are telling white lies and bending the rules to be able to afford the drugs they need. What is wrong with us that we allow an industry to charge us more than other countries just because the drug companies are so powerful and spend so much money lobbying Congress?

Some of the things you read really cause you to wonder why we allow such blatant disregard to continue. We are told of folks convincing their doctors to prescribe double the dosage and cutting the pills in half in order to afford the needed drugs. I read another story of folks “borrowing” medicine from friends and relatives.

Remember the news story about the bus loads of seniors going from Detroit to Canada just to be able to afford the medicine they need? I find this hard to believe that our Congress that supposedly represents us is so beholden to the money from the drug companies that they will not allow negotiation of prices in Medicare D for seniors. I have not heard any mention of this in all the hoopla surrounding the Affordable Care Act; have you?

The power of this special interest group is amazing that not only were they successful in banning negotiation of prices for Medicare D, but they continue to block lower prices from sources outside the United States or even re-importation of drugs made here from other overseas sources.

Some of the reasons given really should give us something to think about. Take a look at this posted reason: “The government also prohibits ‘re-importation’ of drugs made in the United States because it cannot guarantee the medications were not tampered with or stored improperly.” Do you believe that they can guarantee that every drug made here was stored properly and not tampered with?

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