Rep. Frankel’s Bill Aims to Curb Rising Drug Prices in Pa.

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

The following is a statement from Lawrence John, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED). He reacts to new legislation from Rep. Dan Frankel that aims to reduce the cost of prescription drug prices.
 
John“The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) commends Rep. Dan Frankel for putting forth a proposal to curb the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. We look forward to learning more of the details in Rep. Frankel’s legislation.
 
This issue has concerned PAMED’s physician members for many years. Americans spend more money on prescription drugs than any other developed country in the world – about $1,200 per person per year, according to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  
 
Every physician has stories of patients who have to decide between paying for prescription medications or other necessities such as food and home heating bills.
 
As a physician, what good is a medication that I prescribe if my patient can’t afford it? How many patients go without proper treatment because the cost scares them away? 
 
In order to reduce costs on prescription drugs, PAMED supports measures that ensure patients are informed of the least-costly payment method for drug purchase. That should include prohibiting pharmacist gag clauses and increasing supply chain transparency and pharmacy choice.”
 
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Media Contact
Jeff Wirick
Pennsylvania Medical Society
 
The Pennsylvania Medical Society helps its 22,000 physician and medical student members return to the art of medicine through advocacy and education. Learn more by visiting www.pamedsoc.org or by following us on Twitter at @PAMEDSociety.
 
 

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