Target: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary Department of Health and Human Services
Goal: Adopt physician recommendations to control cost of prescription drugs in the U.S.
The American College of Physicians published a paper asking the U.S. Federal Government to control the spiraling cost of prescription drugs. According to the paper, the U.S. is the only one of the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that does not have government regulation of prescription drug prices.
The doctors who authored the study say that their patients are feeling an ever-increasing burden and many are unable to afford much needed medication. They provide seven suggestions to remedy this situation including allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and re-importing drugs from Canada and other lower-cost countries. They also urge more transparency in the prescription drug pricing structure, which is currently shrouded in secrecy and varies by insurance plan.
Demand that the U.S. government protect citizen rights to health care by adopting measures to control prescription drug costs.
Dear Secretary Burwell,
The American College of Physicians has placed a bright light on the issue of spiraling prescription drug costs in a published paper. In this paper, they offered seven suggestions to control cost increases and make needed prescriptions affordable for their patients. As the person charged with the health and well-being of all Americans, you should find it shameful that of the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. is the only one that does not have government regulation of drug prices.
We demand that the suggestions offered by these physicians are reviewed and adopted wherever possible.
[Your Name Here]
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