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High Prescription Drug Prices Lead Many Consumers to Ignore Doctors' Orders

"That there is a relatively high percentage of the population not taking their medicines is a sign that this is a pervasive issue," said Leigh Purvis, AARP's director of health services research.

Stop Rx Greed Cut Drug Prices Now

It’s unfair that Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. We must crack down on price gouging and the greedy practices that keep prices artificially high. It’s time our leaders stick up for people 50+ and their families.

Fighting For You

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More States Win Rx Drug Protections

Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio advance prescription drug fixes


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Fight to Lower Rx Drug Prices Continues at State Level

Big Pharma’s successful lawsuit won’t stop bipartisan movement


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Plan Paves Way for Safely Importing Prescription Drugs

Consumers could get access to lower-priced medicines from abroad


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Federal Judge Blocks Drug Transparency Rule

AARP calls ruling a step back in fight against skyrocketing prices


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Senate Committee Approves Bill to Lower Drug Prices

Bipartisan measure would cap out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D beneficiaries


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Senate Panel Adopts Sweeping Health Costs Bill

Measure would increase generic drug access, curb surprise billing and increase transparency


AARP's Solutions

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Stop Price Gouging

Let Medicare negotiate prices


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Increase Affordability

Cap out-of-pocket costs for seniors


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Close Loopholes

Increase the availability of generics


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Support Transparency

Make drug firms justify big price hikes


An Unfair Burden

Meet Doug Lehman: Wouldn't Be Alive Without His Medicine

Pays more than $500 per month for his medications

Meet Kendrick: Insurance Won't Pay for New Medicine

Doesn't cover blood pressure drug that's best for him

Meet Bill Hawkins: AARP Employee has Insurance

But worries about affording his insulin in retirement


Larry Zarzecki

Meet Larry Zarzecki: Crusading Against Drug Costs

He pays $3,200 a month to manage his Parkinson’s


Bob and Connie Keller

Meet Bob Keller: Wife’s Health Insurance Key to His Survival

Drug costs too high for couple to enjoy retirement


Pam Holt at a Senate hearing

Meet Pam Holt: Cancer Drug Put Her in Deep Financial Hole

She had to refinance her home to pay Rx bills


Tell AARP Your Prescription Drug Story

Let your elected leaders know why lowering prescription drug prices now matters to you. Share your story and remind them why Americans need protection from rising medicine costs.


Specialty Drug Prices Soar to Nearly $79,000 a Year

AARP report finds costs average more than four times average annual Social Security benefit


Maine Gov. Approves New Prescription Drug Laws

Bills tackle price transparency, drug importation and create a medicine affordability board


Minnesota Consumers Gain Rx Protections

Wins include emergency refills and cost information from pharmacists


Texas Governor Signs Rx Price Transparency Bill

New law requires drugmakers to reveal large increases


Florida Governor Signs Drug Importation Bill

Colorado and other states advance proposals to allow consumers to get cheaper Canadian medicines


House Passes Bill to Bolster Generic Drug Access, ACA

Legislation would be a first step in fight to lower prescription drug prices


Drug Companies Ordered to Show Prices in TV Ads

New federal rule adds transparency to prescription costs for consumers


Here’s How to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

Problems that lawmakers and companies should tackle to reduce medicine costs


States Join Fight to Lower Prescription Prices

43 legislatures consider measures ranging from transparency to drug importation


We Must Stop Rx Greed Now

Expensive prescription drugs are a problem for us all


The Barriers Blocking Cheaper Prescription Drugs

These practices reduce access to lower-cost medications


The Hidden Costs Behind Rx Discounts

Coupons and charity keep list prices high, costing insurers and governments more


Floridians Share Outrage Over Prescription Drug Prices

AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins kicks off Rx Greed listening tour. "We as a country are better than this. We shouldn't have our seniors struggling every day to meet their basic needs,” said Jenkins.


Generics 18 Times Cheaper Than Brand-Name Drugs

Competition continues to bring down prices for popular generic prescription medicines


Bipartisan Bills Would Increase Access to Generics

AARP supports measures that would help lower exorbitant prescription drug prices


AARP Launches Campaign to Lower Rx Prices

Americans over 50 want more access to generics and out-of-pocket costs capped

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How Americans in Every State are Coping with the Runaway Costs of Prescription Drugs

More than a quarter of pre-Medicare adults aren’t taking their medicines as prescribed because of cost


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Speak Out Against Rx Greed

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Americans Can't Afford Rising Drug Prices

The high cost of drugs is forcing people to make difficult decisions