On drug costs, modest steps follow Trump's big promises

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  • UtahnAbroad Sandy, UT
    Feb. 11, 2018 9:48 a.m.

    Want to know how it's done in Germany?

    The government negotiates a reasonable price for drugs. They don't pay more for drugs that dont seem to be different than the old version. You can look up the drug and the standard price in a database. Google "AMNOG" to learn more about it.

    The result? Germans pay FAR less than we do for drugs.

    Germany's method of price regulation could work in the US.
    It's fair and rewards drug companies for innovation, not just speculating and minor alterations to existing formulas.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 11, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    "Republican-controlled Congress approved a landmark program in 2003 to help seniors buy prescription drugs, it slapped on an unusual restriction: The federal government was barred from negotiating cheaper prices for those medicines. Instead, the job of holding down costs was outsourced to the insurance companies delivering the subsidized new coverage, known as Medicare Part D."

    Sick of the high cost of Medicine?

    Just thank a Republican.

    Don't even try to tell US how concerned the GOP is about our healthcare!

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2018 12:45 a.m.

    So tell me is it wrong to allow Medicare to negotiate prices with the drug companies? It seems that discounts for volume purchases is the American way!

    So why did our political class pass laws prohibiting Medicare from negotiating lower prices from the big pharmaceutical companies?
    Were our Senators trying to protect the profits from these companies?