Prescription for drug costs: Congressional will

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 16, 2013 - 7:14 AM

Sens. Klobuchar, Grassley team up to get generics to market faster.

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armybratFeb. 15, 13 8:06 PM

It took 13 years and 2 billion dollars to get my diabetes drug approved. The entire system needs an overhaul.

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brotherkennyFeb. 15, 13 8:27 PM

It's all well and good to battle for fair prices for those that truly need treatment. It's clear however that many seek a magic pill to save them from a lack of self control. But, bad habits are a right, and everyone grows older. The combination makes us a really profitable drug market. Probably the best if you add in the illegal stuff.

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goferfanzFeb. 15, 13 9:16 PM

Prestigious Institute of Medicine? The same one that also said there were 50-98000 deaths from hospital errors each year in America. MN tracks these, and the actual number was 6 in 2011 and 14 in 2012. That extrapolates to about 1000 per year nationwide. Time to find a new source for medical statistics, editorial writers.........

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crystalbayFeb. 16, 13 1:30 AM

Bush's giveaway to Big Pharma will rack up a huge 600 billion within the decade since Medicare Part D was passed. The GOP pushed this through only on the condition that the government could NOT negotiate discount prices. This condition must be reversed by Congress as every other governmental medical system has always bargained for lower prices. It makes no sense for a group as large as Medicare to pay full freight on drugs.

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comment229Feb. 16, 13 5:34 AM

I have a catastrophic health insurance policy that does have THE most worthless prescription card. It is all I can afford. That being said, I have been to the doctor (necessary visits) twice in the last ten years and both times, he was going to send a prescription to a local pharmacy, via the internet and both times I told him I want it on paper. He complied, looked at me and said "you aren't going to have these filled are you?" I explained what the cost would be and that I would fill them if I absolutely needed them. Then, I found my way to the big city pharmacy, perused the OTC drugs that pertained to my needs, and bought them. THAT is what the new health care system of America became long before Obamacare. Thank God for OTC drugs and damn the drug companies.

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comment229Feb. 16, 13 5:38 AM

PS. A message to the members of congress quoted in this article. It is time to take away your perks so you have to pay out of pocket for your own prescriptions and health insurance so you know what the rest of us without group health are going through. Until then, don't bother patting yourself on the back. Those of us with catastrophic health insurance (anti-bankruptcy is what it is; useless otherwise) have learned that bending your arm in that manner to pat yourself on the back can result in injury and we cannot afford it.

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rms316Feb. 16, 13 6:48 AM

Senators are on the right path. Another way to look at this would be with these statistics: US spent about $307 Billion on Drugs in 2010. That represented about 10% of all healthcare expenditures.The U.S. accounts for about 4.5% of the world's population and yet is responsible for about 47% of the world's drug expenditures. Generics account for about 78% of all prescriptions written in the U.S. and are decreasing in price with an average of 75% less than brand drugs. Yet, brand drugs have increased by 6 times the rate of inflation and account for 78% of total drug expenditures. Moving forward the brand numbers will continue to get more expensive. So, it should be easy for the consumer to support these measures the Congress is taking.

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barbjensFeb. 16, 13 7:40 AM

Bush's giveaway to Big Pharma will rack up a huge 600 billion within the decade since Medicare Part D was passed. The GOP pushed this through only on the condition that the government could NOT negotiate discount prices ---- Congress/GOP want to hack away as Social Security and Medicare costs. Well, they should take another look at the COST Medicare Part D is costing everytone. Allow some negotiations with Drug companies like they allow the VA. Another thing that Bush helped add to the Deficit.

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goferfanzFeb. 16, 13 8:21 AM

Hmmm. I see my simple recitation of the MN REAL tracking of hospital death errors vs the original federal IOM claims = get mainly negative votes. That explains much about our current country's woes......That said, CB and barb now cite the huge spending? Online sites say total D outlays have barely reached 300 billion in 2006-11, about half what the CBO predicted in 2005. Does somebody have different or other data? TOTAL D spending will be lucky to hit 600 B in its first decade, a giveaway only if NO Rx's were ever dispensed. Comment sections reveal scary insights about the education of the American populace, as does Jaywalking.

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armybratFeb. 16, 13 8:23 AM

12 democrat senators voted for Medicare Part D. It would have never passed without bipartisan support. Day after day liberals demonize the right for not being bipartisan and then they ignore and dismiss when their party is bipartisan on something they now feel was a bad bill.

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