How you can stop
the drug price ripoff
Americans pay outrageously inflated prices for their prescription drugs compared to citizens of other countries. What follows are examples of unconscionably high prices Americans pay for their medicines.
The House of Representatives just passed a bill that will enable Americans to import lower-cost prescription drugs from other countries for their own personal use. This bill now must get through the Senate. It is crucial that everyone send the this form letter to their two Senators to get this bill enacted into law.
| ||US Price ||European Price |
|ACCUPRIL 5 ||$10.29 ||$3.50 |
|ALLEGRA 120 ||$23.33 ||$6.96 |
|AMBIEN ||$19.65 ||$5.41 |
|BIAXIN 500 ||$32.83 ||$22.05 |
|CIPRO250 ||$36.14 ||$15.20 |
|CLARITIN ||$21.02 ||$5.35 |
|COUMADIN ||$12.58 ||$2.74 |
| GLUCOPHAGE ||$10.04 ||$1.37 |
|NORVASC 10 ||$20.96 ||$11.08 |
|PRAVACHOL 40 ||$33.97 ||$23.32 |
| PREVACID15 ||$35.82 ||$11.06 |
|PRILOSEC ||$34.49 ||$17.56 |
|PROZAC ||$23.98 ||$14.70 |
|VASOTEC 5 ||$9.38 ||$2.77 |
|ZESTRIL 5 ||$8.64 ||$1.84 |
|ZITHROMAX 500 ||$162.00 ||$58.73 |
|ZOLOFT 50 ||$20.95 ||$12.19 |
|ZYRTEC ||$16.70 ||$5.91 |
Passage of this Senate bill will stop the FDA from interfering with lower-cost imports of FDA-approved products from other countries. It would force todays pharmaceutical cartel to compete in the world marketplace!
Last year, Congress voted overwhelmingly to allow importation of prescription drugs. Supporters of this free market approach thought they were going to be able to mail order prescription drugs. The FDA blocked last years Congressional victory by refusing to implement it. Now, the FDA wants to block all mail orders of prescription drugs.
Congressman Gil Gutknecht, the sponsor of the recent successful House legislation stated: While seniors in the U.S. are struggling to pay for medicine, those in other countries are paying 30% to 70% less for the exact same drugs. We cant allow our own FDA to stand between seniors and lower prescription drug prices.
Contacting your Senators by e-mail
Contact your senator today. For your convenience, we made it easy to send a message to your Senator. Just follow these simple steps:
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For those of you that do not have email, we've included a sample of the letter below. If you do not know who your Senators are, then you can find out by calling (202) 225-3121.
| Date:_____________ |
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Americans pay the highest prices in the world for their prescription medications. Shifting high drug prices to Medicare only means that the burden is transferred to the taxpayer. The House of Representatives just passed the FY 2002 Agriculture Appropriations bill that includes a provision to allow Americans to import FDA-approved drugs from other countries. The price of these identical medications is 30% to 70% lower than what Americans are being forced to pay today.
I urge you to support Senator Paul Wellstone's amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill as long as it follows the Gutknecht House language that allows Americans to obtain prescription drugs from other countries for personal use. The House version of this bill stops the FDA from blocking the importation of lower cost medications from other countries. Please make sure this same language included in the Senate version of this bill. As your constituent, I am asking you to vote on the Fiscal Year 2002 Agriculture Appropriations bill that includes the Gutknecht language. Passage of this bill (with the personal importation provisions included) will make a significant impact on resolving the health care cost crisis that threatens to bankrupt this country.
Please let me know your position on this critically important issue.