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 AARP Launches ‘Stop Rx Greed’ Campaign Targeting High Prescription Drug Prices

New Campaign Focuses on Federal and State Solutions to Cut Drug Prices Now

AARP Maryland

Baltimore,Maryland (PR MediaRelease) March 12, 2019

Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Marylanders and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level.

“Drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them,” said AARP Maryland State Director Hank Greenberg. “Throughout the nation, many states, frustrated by federal inaction, are moving forward with legislative or regulatory solutions to address the outrageous increases in the cost of prescriptions.”

“In Maryland, for example, we are supporting a proposed state Prescription Drug Affordability Board that will review and approve fair and affordable drug costs, a concept similar to what has worked well in managing hospital costs over the past 3 decades in the state,” Greenberg continued.

The AARP campaign features the personal stories of Marylanders who are struggling to keep up with the high cost of their medications, including Larry Zarzecki, who is suffers from Parkinson’s and Jessica Gorski, who’s worried about the long-term financial impact of rising drug costs on her family.

As part of the campaign, AARP Research conducted a national survey of likely voters ages 50 and older. The survey found that significant majorities of self-identified Republican, Democrat, and independent voters shared concerns about the high price of drugs, and support common-sense policies that will lower prices. Survey findings include:

  • 72 percent say they are concerned about the cost of their medications.
  • 63 percent say the cost of prescription drugs is unreasonable.
  • 90 percent support allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices.
  • 80 percent report taking at least one prescription medication.
  • Nearly 40 percent say they did not fill a prescription provided by their doctor with cost being the most common reason.

The Stop Rx Greed campaign will include national television, radio and digital ads, editorial content, emails to members, social media posts, ongoing advocacy and grassroots activity in D.C. and the states, and a petition calling on Congress and the Administration to take action now. As part of the campaign, AARP will push for support of a number of policy solutions at the national and state level to help lower drug prices, including:

  • Allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices.
  • Allowing states to negotiate lower prices with drug companies.
  • Giving state Attorneys General authority to crack down on outrageous price increases.
  • Clamping down on pay-for-delay and other loopholes that keep lower cost generic drugs off the market.
  • Capping consumers’ prescription drug out-of-pocket costs.
  • Preserving state pharmacy assistance programs.
  • Establishing state prescription drug affordability board to review and approve fair and affordable drug costs (as is currently proposed in Maryland).

For more about Stop Rx Greed, visit www.aarp.org/rx.

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

Nancy Carr
AARP Maryland
Associate State Director for Communications
443-787-5382
ncarr@aarp.org

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