The Power of Medicine

Insight on the outrageous prescription drug prices

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The Power of Medicine

Holly Rivera, Editorials Editor

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Getting sick is inevitable these days; at one point or another we all experience a sickness that feels impossible to get over. However, many Americans view visiting the doctor as a useless task due to the fact that they cannot even afford the prescribed medicine once they are diagnosed.

It’s impossible to pay hundreds of dollars for one dosage of a medicine when patients are aware that they must use it monthly for its full affect. How could people who continually pay medical insurance not be able to afford the necessity of a medicine bottle?

Little do people know,t the government has a huge influence over the outrageous prices of prescription drugs. Even though the government knows that prescription drug prices are becoming unbearable, nothing is happening to regulate the cost.

“President Trump and Azar have made constraining drug prices a central piece of their health-care agenda. Since issuing a blueprint last spring, they have insisted that rebates — which they portray as “hidden kickbacks,” according to Amy Goldstein and Christopher Rowland.
Due to the lack of changes throughout the pharmaceutical industry, many find the only choice is to simply stop taking medicine– which,t for some, can be life threatening.

“A survey released Friday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds that many people have skipped or rationed their prescription medications or have substituted cheaper over-the-counter drugs,” explains Alison Kojak.

The amount of power that pharmaceutical companies have on American lives is crazy, as they claim to be using these awful prices for “research.” In reality, it seems as though these companies are using the money to their advantage, rather than for the greater good.

From doctors David Belk and Paul Belk opinion, “the ‘research’ we’ve purchased has often gone not into finding better drugs, but into finding how to make the drugs look better. Or into extending their patent protection for reasons that don’t make them better.”

With no clear vision to the end, it’s time to get involved against these terrifying companies. Though this problem may not affect us directly now, it will catch up to us– and if we continue to let the pharmaceutical industry overpower regulation, then the joke will be on us in our time of need.