Affordable prescriptions needed | Letter

Americans pay the highest brand-name drug prices in the world. I ask Congress, the Administration, and importantly, our own Washington state legislators to take action now to lower prescription drug prices, the root cause of this problem.

I respect AARP for launching a national campaign urging federal and state policymakers to Stop Rx Greed by cracking down on price-gouging drug companies. The goal is to lower drug prices for all Americans through decisive actions and solutions aimed not only at the federal level but also at the state level. As a Kirkland senior who takes prescription drugs, I ask our legislators now meeting in Olympia to pass Senate Bill 5292, which would add increased transparency to prescription drug pricing and shine a light on price increases by drug manufacturers and insurance companies.

In 2017, the average annual cost for one brand-name medication used on a chronic basis was almost $6,800. For the average older American taking four and a half prescription drugs per month, the average annual cost would have been more than $30,000.

Some citizens must choose between paying for the medicines they need and paying for food, rent or other necessities. This is not the life we want to live. Ask the lawmakers representing you to work together and pass bipartisan, commonsense legislation to lower prescription drug prices.

John Barnett

Kirkland

More in Letters to the Editor

The saga of Trump | Letter

Here is another installment in the saga of Trump. Just because Trump’s… Continue reading

An ineffective leader | Letter

Gov. Jay Inslee was an ineffective member of Congress, as well as… Continue reading

Changing habits | Letter

Thank you for including the waste reduction article in the May 10… Continue reading

On constitutional taxes | Letter

Is this new graduated state real estate excise tax (REET) constitutional? The… Continue reading

Are pesticides needed? | Letter

Ms. Mayor, We are residents of Holmes Point for several years now… Continue reading

Display of leadership | Letter

The Mueller Report is done. Get ready for fiery arguments on “criminality,”… Continue reading

Homelessness and the right to survive | Letter

Do homeless persons have a constitutional and civil right to occupy and… Continue reading

Affordable prescriptions needed | Letter

Americans pay the highest brand-name drug prices in the world. I ask… Continue reading

A short changed public | Letter

Representing Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, I was one of dozens of… Continue reading

Earth Day 2019 | Letter

Much like making a New Year’s resolution, Earth Day is a perfect… Continue reading

A bit of relief | Letter

Working families, seniors, and the disabled deserve tax relief. By taxing less… Continue reading

Letters on EvergreenHealth measure | Letter

Vote yes on EverHealthy We’re writing to endorse EvergreenHealth’s proposed measure to… Continue reading