The following statement, recently published in the Congressional Record, was submitted by Gabriel Levitt on October 30, 2019, on behalf of PharmacyChecker and Prescription Justice, to the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives 116th Congress pertaining to a hearing entitled: “Investing In The U.S. Health System By Lowering Drug Prices, Reducing, Out-of-Pocket Costs and Improving the Medicare Benefit”.
“Investing In The U.S.
Health System By Lowering Drug Prices, Reducing, Out-of-Pocket Costs and
Improving the Medicare Benefit”
October 29, 2019
Co-founder and President, PharmacyChecker.com, 333 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605, 718-554-3067, firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder and President, Prescription Justice, 3309 Robbins Road,
#412, Springfield, Illinois 62704, email@example.com
Our company, PharmacyChecker.com verifies online pharmacies,
and compares drug prices among those accredited in our online pharmacy Verification
Program. Consumers, Americans and worldwide, access our website for free. Our
website has received about 30 million visitors since we launched our virtual
doors in 2003. Our niche is comparative pricing and the proper credentialing of
international online pharmacies, which process prescription drug orders filled
by licensed pharmacies in several countries, require valid prescriptions, and
do not ship controlled drugs into the U.S. We also provide information about
discounted U.S. pharmacy prices and patient assistance programs. The information we provide helps people make
the best decisions for themselves and their families when struggling with the
cost of prescription drugs.[i]
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If you care about and follow the issue of drug prices, then this week was bizarre on the political scene. In a press conference with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) at her side, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was imploring the media not to focus only on impeachment but on drug prices, noting that she believes Congress and President Trump can continue to work together despite the friction.
Yesterday, Trump was courting
seniors in Florida, extolling drug price reductions under his watch that
kind of, you know, never really happened and promising to save Medicare from
“socialism” (go figure, Medicare is already a huge government program).
Bizarrely, he implied that Big Pharma might have something to do with the
impeachment inquiry against him. Maybe his Secretary of Health and Human
Services, former Eli Lilly Pres. Alex Azar, is in on the “coup”… just
In the haze of the political circus, something fundamental
keeps getting lost. During Trump’s 2016 campaign, the only policy he put
forward on his website to bring down drug prices was drug importation. See
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A report (“A Painful Pill to Swallow: U.S. vs. International Prescription Drug Prices”) was released this week by the Congressional House Ways and Means Committee, showing that brand name drug prices are much lower – by about 75% on average – in other high-income countries. Who knew? Well, our analysis from this past summer showed that the average savings on popular brand drugs filled through online orders with Canadian pharmacies was 75%. When including pharmacies in other countries, the savings jumped to 90%. Those include pharmacies located in middle income countries, such as Turkey. For the record, these are comparisons among PharmacyChecker-accredited online pharmacies.
The committee’s report looked at prices of 79 brand name
drugs in the following countries: Australia, Canada (specifically Ontario),
Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland,
and the United Kingdom. I highly recommend reading this report if you want to
learn about international drug price differentials and better understand how
Americans are getting ripped off.
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