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"The speed that state legislatures are moving bills this year signals the compelling need to help consumers struggling to afford lifesaving prescription drugs," says Elaine Ryan, AARP vice president for state advocacy.
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
Data show price increases on many popular medicines despite public outcry
Measure caps out-of-pocket Medicare Rx costs, requires government negotiation of drug prices
High prescription drug prices are mostly to blame, survey says
Consumers are entitled to know the list cost of prescriptions
All 6 candidates at Iowa debate would direct Medicare to negotiate Rx prices
Let Medicare negotiate prices
Cap out-of-pocket costs for seniors
Increase the availability of generics
Make drug firms justify big price hikes
An Unfair Burden
Pays more than $500 per month for his medications
Doesn't cover blood pressure drug that's best for him
But worries about affording his insulin in retirement
He pays $3,200 a month to manage his Parkinson’s
Drug costs too high for couple to enjoy retirement
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.
High Prices Lead Consumers to Ignore Doctors' Orders
New analysis shows 28 percent of Americans do not follow their medication regimens
AARP Urges Congress to Address Drug Costs
Invest savings back into Medicare by creating new dental, hearing and vision benefits
House Vote on Drug Bill Expected in December
Lawmakers waiting for full analysis on measure to lower costs through price negotiation, spending caps
House Leaders Unveil Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
Medicare could negotiate prices, and out-of-pocket costs would be capped
California Law Could Improve Access to Generic Drugs
Governor signs bill making drug companies prove their 'pay for delay' deals don't hinder competition
Cancer Patient Asks Congress to Allow Price Negotiations
Witnesses at hearing on Rx bill say measure would make medicines affordable
Plan Paves Way for Safely Importing Prescription Drugs
Consumers could get access to lower-priced medicines from abroad
Soaring Drug Prices Affect Nearly Every American
Lawmakers at every level need to address this problem
More States Win Prescription Drug Protections
Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio advance fixes
Senate Committee Approves Bill to Lower Drug Prices
Bipartisan measure would cap out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D beneficiaries
Federal Judge Blocks Drug Transparency Rule
AARP calls ruling a step back in fight against skyrocketing prices
Senate Panel Adopts Sweeping Health Costs Bill
Measure would increase generic drug access, curb surprise billing and increase transparency
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
Medicare forced to pay billions more to cover enrollees
More than a quarter of pre-Medicare adults aren’t taking their medicines as prescribed because of cost
Our ‘Raise Your Voice’ smart speaker app will help you call Congress
The high cost of drugs is forcing people to make difficult decisions
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