Millett takes part in “Make Medicines Work” virtual discussion on high drug costs
AUGUSTA — On Thursday, July 9, Sen. Rebecca Millett, D-Cape Elizabeth, took part in a “Make Medicines Work” virtual discussion hosted by the group People’s Action. Sen. Millett was joined by Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes of Wisconsin, as well as activists and advocates from organizations around the country, to discuss the high costs of medication in Maine and the country.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has once again brought the high price of medication to the forefront of people’s minds,” said Sen. Millett. “Especially during a time like this, we need to know that when someone needs a life-saving drug — whether that’s Narcan, insulin, or Remdesivir — they’ll be able to get it without breaking the bank. No one should die because they can’t afford the treatment they need to live.”
The discussion held on Thursday focused on why prescription drug costs are so high in the United States, what can be done to address them, and called on Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to use the tools at his disposal, such as compulsory licensing, to lower medication costs for everyday Americans.
A recording of the full discussion can be viewed here.