People in Michigan troubled by the high cost of prescription medications are encouraged to help turn up the heat
People in Michigan troubled by the high cost of prescription medications are encouraged to help turn up the heat on drug manufacturers. A-A-R-P Michigan is hosting a “Stop Rx Greed” rally on Monday along the Detroit River to spread awareness about the problem and call for solutions. Mark Hornbeck with A-A-R-P Michigan says folks from all over the state leave the country to purchase prescription medications at one-tenth of the cost. According to A-A-R-P, the annual cost of prescription drug treatment rose 57 percent between 2012 and 2017, while annual incomes in Michigan increased only 10 percent. Some local leaders and legislators will be on hand at the rally, including state Senator Ruth Johnson. The Holly Republican will speak about legislation she’s sponsoring (SB 525) that would establish a Canadian drug-importation program. State lawmakers also are considering measures that lower out-of-pocket costs for prescription medications and hold companies accountable for price gouging. Michiganders at the rally also will share their personal stories about how the rising price of drugs has impacted their lives. Hornbeck says for example, a Howell woman will talk about how her insulin skyrocketed from 21 dollars a month to 400 dollars in just two years’ time. It is estimated that one-in-three people in Michigan are not taking prescribed medications because they can’t afford it. Monday’s rally will be held from 11 to 12 at the Waterview Loft in Detroit. Register online at aarp.org/MI.
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