3 bills tackle drug costs, prescription practices

  • Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 22, 2010 - 9:24 PM

A consumer-insurer coalition is facing off against doctors and drug companies in the Legislature.

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NoPistnsJan. 22, 10 8:47 PM

I don't disagree with the fact that doctors are being "enticed" by the drug companies to prescribe medications. The consumers are being bombarded constantly with advertisements for cures for everything from "plumbing fixes" to sleep aids. One company recently told consumers not to ask for a generic because "Only our brand has the 'right' formula".

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twirwinJan. 22, 10 9:24 PM

get a few bills out there to reduce the cost of legal council? I'd say cap lawyers fees at $25/hr. What middle class working family has 10 or 20 grand laying around to hire a lawyer for a maybe a weeks worth of work? And as long as we're at it, how about a bill to slash tuition at colleges and universities? They've been going up at three times the inflation rate for 30 years. Lets use the iron fist of government to smash these entities down to size so working stiffs can afford them! And that 75% administrative fee the government charges to deliver welfare benefits to needy familys - this needs to be capped at 5%. Let's get the ball rolling on this stuff.

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middleroad50Jan. 22, 1010:00 PM

Most of these bills seem to be common sense. Take the education piece away from the companies that sell and thus have a vested interest in what is taught. ACRE drs. are against it because of the fees they get for promoting the pills to other drs. There goes their income for propagandizing. I have friends that were prescribed pills that would cost $300 to find out there was a generic for $80.

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middleroad50Jan. 22, 1010:02 PM

None of the bills caps or slashes anything. So what you wrote doesn't compare.

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fredinvickJan. 22, 1011:49 PM

I take one generic prescription drug that comes in the form of a small tablet. I calculated the cost to my insurer by weight. It costs more than gold, at the present inflated value of gold. Most of this is profit for the companies in the supply chain (it is probably manufacured cheap at some offshore location). This is compounded by companies continually marketing something "new" (and patented) to replace something that works, but that has become generic.

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mattjmJan. 23, 1012:34 AM

and let the market work!

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the_vfoxJan. 23, 10 5:12 AM

failure in the making with these three bills. And only in MN would they think its good.

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tikidog1Jan. 23, 10 5:48 AM

This meddling is the biggest reason for high drug prices along with courts who give unreasonable awards for nuisance lawsuits.

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comment229Jan. 23, 10 5:51 AM

Exactly. It is a shame but I still laugh at the drug ads on TV and a couple in particular. The actual ad starts out with some people smiling and walking care free in a park or riding a bike or just plain and simply smiling from ear to ear. Then, when the information about the name of the drug etc. is done, that "fast talking guy" comes on for an eternity, telling you what the side effects of the drug could be. How in the world did someone in a government agency approve those drugs and sleep at night? And the most precious company in the ads is the one that may provide the drug for you free if you cannot afford it. I'll stick with generics from Walmart or none at all.

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meegwichJan. 23, 10 6:55 AM

ACRE's mission is to persuade physicians that MORE rather than less pharmaceutical involvement in Continuing Medical Education is whats best for the patient.CME's are under fire from being biased toward whatever pharmaceutical company is sponsoring it. Recently Dr. Campoy was flown by the ACRE corporate jet to Boston to try and convince everybody there that our Minnesota physician disclosure law was a terrible mistake! Our only mistake would be not to strengthen the law.

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