Demand Lower Prescription Drug Prices

Target: U.S. President Donald Trump

Goal: Support a bill that would reduce prescription drug prices.

U.S. medicine costs are the highest in the world, despite the pharmaceutical industry enjoying record profits. In 2015, the five largest pharmaceutical companies saw $50 billion in profits. All the while, each year roughly one in five Americans don’t fill a drug prescription due to financial constraints, according to research from think tank the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
“Three in 10 (29 percent) Americans report problems paying medical bills, and these problems come with real consequences for some. For example, among those reporting problems paying medical bills, seven in 10 (73 percent) report cutting back spending on food, clothing, or basic household items,” KFF concluded.

The fact that millions of Americans can’t afford basic medicine is a disgrace, but a new bill before the Senate seeks to change that. The Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act would make it significantly easier for pharmacies to import generic prescription medication. Supporters of the bill say this will break the monopoly held by large domestic pharmaceutical companies, dramatically reducing drug prices. The bill would also allow Medicare to negotiate prices with drug companies. A similar reform was introduced in New Zealand amid local drug price surges in the 1990s. Today, New Zealanders spend less than half what Americans do on healthcare, according to The Commonwealth Fund.

In other words, the Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act could bring the U.S. closer in line with other developed countries where prescription drugs are much cheaper. If you believe ordinary people shouldn’t be forced to go without life-saving medicine just so the pharmaceutical industry can maintain its monopoly, the sign this petition calling on President Donald Trump to endorse the bill.


Dear President Donald Trump,

On the campaign trail, you vowed to bring relief to the millions of Americans struggling with soaring healthcare costs. One in five Americans can’t afford prescription medication they need, and millions more go without food to cover healthcare costs. All the while, big pharma is seeing its profit margins rising day by day. Something has to change.

The Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act would allow you to make good on your campaign promise by reducing the consumer cost of prescription medication. The bill would make it easier for pharmacies and the U.S. public to import generic drugs from abroad. It will also allow Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical firms over drug prices. Both these measures will make the pharmaceutical industry more competitive, and bring the U.S. in line with other developed nations. This market-based solution should appeal to all of us interested in seeing cheaper drug prices, regardless of political leanings.

No American should go without life saving medication simply because the domestic pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want to give up its choke-hold on prescription medication. As such, we urge you to endorse this proposed legislation.


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One Comment

  1. Drugs may not help. Alternative medicine/natural help/fixing the root cause may help more and is cheaper. Drugs may only cover symptoms allowing health to get worse. MS has expensive drugs, but eating no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO/food with a label and taking vitamins/good oils/minerals…probiotic…LDN..detoxing may help instead of drugs. Asian/Celiac diet is cheap and awesome help for health. Gluten may hurt intestines so less nutrients absorb which causes many health issues/depression etc.

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