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AARP California Urges Members of Congress and State Legislators Alike to Stand up to 'Drug-Company Greed' (English-Language)


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DURING THIS YEAR'S "SUMMER RECESS", STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS FROM "A-A-R-P CALIFORNIA" ARE VISITING ALL OF THE STATE'S MEMBERS-OF-CONGRESS.  AND, THEY'RE DELIVERING PETITIONS--WITH MORE THAN 200-THOUSAND SIGNATURES--FROM CALIFORNIANS WHO WANT ELECTED-OFFICIALS TO STAND UP TO WHAT THEY CALL "DRUG-COMPANY GREED".  "A-A-R-P CALIFORNIA'S" STATE-DIRECTOR, NANCY MCPHERSON, EXPLAINS...

(MCPHERSON):
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AMERICANS OFTEN PAY MORE THAN TWICE AS MUCH, FOR THE SAME BRAND-NAME DRUGS, AS PATIENTS IN SIMILAR COUNTRIES.  THAT'S WHY WE'RE URGING CONGRESS TO ALLOW MEDICARE TO NEGOTIATE DRUG-PRICES.  IT'S ALSO WHY WE STRONGLY SUPPORT A BILL IN THE 'CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE' THAT WOULD BAN SO-CALLED 'PAY-TO-DELAY' DEALS--WHERE BRAND-NAME DRUG-COMPANIES PAY GENERIC DRUG-MAKERS NOT TO PRODUCE LOW-COST GENERICS.  THIS DISHONEST PRACTICE CHEATS THE SYSTEM, AND KEEPS PRICES ARTIFICIALLY HIGH--PUTTING PROFITS AHEAD OF PEOPLE."

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TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE "STOP R-X GREED"-CAMPAIGN, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"R-X".

For this report in Spanish, click here.



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