Gillibrand pushes for bills aimed to lower drug prices to pass

Updated: May 03, 2021 07:27 PM
Created: May 03, 2021 05:05 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There's a new package of bills in Washington aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs.

Monday U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stopped at Trillium Health in Rochester to call for the three bills to be passed.

Gillibrand said over the years, prescription drug costs have become increasingly unaffordable, particularly for older Americans, who account for more than one in six people in Monroe County.

"We pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs and while families faced unprecedented health challenges and financial insecurity over the last year, drugmakers actually raised their prices for 860 drugs and they made billions of dollars in profits," Gillibrand said.

The bills peg drug prices in the U.S. to the median price in Canada, the UK, France, Germany and Japan, direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs under Medicare and allow patients, pharmacists and wholesalers to import medicine from Canada and other major countries.

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