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AARP New York Election Survey: Prescription Drugs -- Executive Summary for State Senate District 7

As prices for prescription drugs continue to rise faster than the rate of inflation, concern about their affordability is increasingly weighing on the minds of growing numbers of baby boomers and older Americans. For many, paying for these medications can be a financial problem and an important factor in deciding which candidates to vote for in the Special Election being held in State Senate District 7 on February 6th.

This survey of age 50+ District 7 residents gauges the extent of their concern about the issue and their support for proposed legislation that would...

  • allow the State to purchase prescription drugs in bulk and pass the savings onto uninsured or under-insured New Yorkers
  • require drug manufacturers to report the amount of marketing money they spend on gifts to physicians to persuade them to prescribe their products
  • prevent information about doctors' prescribing patterns from being sold to drug companies for marketing purposes that could influence which drugs doctors prescribe

Those surveyed were also asked about how likely they are to vote in the election and how likely or unlikely they are to cast their ballots for candidates favoring these measures.

The telephone survey of 400 randomly selected 7th District residents were conducted for AARP by Woelfel Research, Inc. between January 19th and 23rd, 2007. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting the report's author, Katherine Bridges, at 207-899-2094. (13 pages)

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