Congress needs to take action to pass prescription drug bills that are bottled up in committees. The Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2013 (S.117 and H.R.1102) would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate with drug firms the prices charged to Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage. This would mean more affordable prescription drugs for seniors and would save Medicare as much as $156 billion over the next 10 years.
Passing the Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act (S.214) co sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., would put an end to brand-name drug firms using pay-for-delay agreements to keep generic equivalents off the market. Congress also needs to re-introduce a bill that would allow for the importation and re-importation of safe, lower priced prescription drugs from countries approved by the FDA. This would allow most Americans access to more affordable drugs.
-- Judy Hau, Tracy