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It’s time we stop corporate pharmaceutical companies from using their power to rig the rules

Most Rhode Islanders agree that everyone, no matter where they come from or how much money they have, should get the medicine they need. Yet families across our state are forced to choose between paying for their prescriptions and paying for other necessities like housing, food or literally keeping the lights on. Thankfully, there’s an option on the table that could dramatically decrease prescription drug costs for thousands of families: legislation to import these exact same medicines from our neighbor, Canada.

Above all, this is about common sense. As it stands, the federal government doesn’t bargain with big pharmaceutical companies to lower the costs of most of these life-saving drugs. Corporate pharmaceutical companies set a price; some pay, others cannot afford to, and that’s that. The federal government has mostly declined to intervene, and the attempts the government does make are stymied by the pharmaceutical industry and the politicians they fund. In order to lower the cost of lifesaving drugs, our state governments need to step in where the federal government fails so that we can provide affordable prescriptions for our residents.

There’s precedent for this simple and effective power shift. Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration authorized Florida to purchase medicines directly from wholesalers in Canada, where prices are far cheaper. Florida has estimated that it could save residents in the state up to $150 million in its first year of the program importing medicines that treat HIV, AIDS, diabetes, hepatitis C and psychiatric conditions. Other states have applied to the FDA to set up similar programs. We would not be going out on our own in Rhode Island, but with our small size we could have a real chance to make a big difference.

We would, however, be taking in significant savings. The final numbers have not been calculated yet, but the comparative pricing gives us a clue. Merck charges diabetes patients in the United States $6,900 for Januvia when the same product can be purchased in Canada for $900. Johnson & Johnson charges Americans with arthritis $79,000 a year for Stelara when it can be purchased for just $16,000 elsewhere.

There’s no surprise why a state drug importation program already has wide support from groups like AARP Rhode Island, the National Academy for State Health Policy, and others. About 80 percent of American adults say prescription drugs are unreasonably expensive, and three in 10 have not taken their prescriptions as prescribed due to cost, sometimes with fatal consequences.

In Rhode Island, family comes first. And whether it’s for a newborn, your elderly mom, or your spouse nursing an injury — taking care of family in sickness and in health isn’t negotiable. But today, corporate pharmaceutical companies are using their power to rig the rules. With one hand they are helping themselves to massive government handouts. With the other hand they are jacking up the costs of life-saving prescriptions and putting it out of reach of people struggling to make ends meet.

This doesn’t match Rhode Islanders’ values, and our state can and should have the power to do things differently. It’s time we authorize a program that allows us to help make sure everyone can go through our lives in good health, with no exceptions.

Teresa Tanzi is a state representative for District 34 in Narragansett and South Kingstown.

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