Updated: Oct 31
Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing to discuss the high cost of drugs, which is the second in a series of three hearings on this topic.
Long story short, the Senate brought together all the bad actors together to finger point and blame each other for high drug prices, while the reality is that they all contribute to the problem. The system is broken. The Senate chastised the witnesses throughout the hearing, yet no real solutions emerged that offered hope to American consumers that any reasonable end to the madness is in sight.
Indeed, nearly all the solutions that Senators raised were quickly shut down by witnesses, when the underlying message was clear – they’re getting away with it because they can, there are no mechanisms to stop them.
We share the frustration, after years of debate on this issue we don’t seem to be any closer to a solution. Indeed, accessing safe and affordable prescription medications has gotten even more complex. Yet the reality is clear – they are getting away with it because there is nothing stopping them. Something must be done, but until then, we won’t stop fighting.
Watch the full hearing here: http://bit.ly/2ygKlEJ