Support Senate Bill 19-5, Import Prescription Drugs from Canada

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Email your representatives now and tell them to support Senate Bill 19-5, Import Prescription Drugs from Canada.

With prescription drug prices rising more than three times the rate of inflation, which is about 2 percent, higher than social security cost of living at increases at only 1.6 percent, every day choices are being made between food, utilities and medications.

This alarming trend in price increases predicts a future in which older Coloradans, especially those on fixed incomes, will be unable to make ends meet. With prescription drugs now being about 16 percent of total healthcare costs, Medicare and Part D premiums, co-pays, and out-of-pocket costs will rise in response, thus compounding the financial distress for older adults who may no longer be able to afford healthcare, even with Medicare.

In response to concerns for Canadian prescription drug safety, there are 480 pharmaceutical companies registered and operating in Canada. Included are all the large U.S. pharmaceutical and biotech companies incorporated in the United States. Both the United States and Canada develop and manufacture drugs and biologics under the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals (ICH) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards, which are accepted and inspected by global health regulatory authorities.

While the majority of the United States Federal Drug Administration fast-tracked approvals are jointly reviewed between the United States and Canada, the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council recognizes each other’s systems with a confidence that we can leverage each other’s science-based work. These provisions ensure the quality of medications distributed, marketed and sold in the United States and Canada. What is safe for the Canadian market is also safe for the U.S. consumer.

AARP Colorado appreciates ongoing efforts to explore new and creative avenues to curb the increasing costs of prescription drugs. That is why we are urging you to call your state representative and tell them to vote YES on Senate Bill 19-005.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bob Murphy
AARP Colorado State Director

 

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Dear [Decision Maker],

With prescription drug prices rising more than three times the rate of inflation, which is about 2 percent, higher than social security cost of living at increases at only 1.6 percent, every day choices are being made between food, utilities and medications.



Ongoing efforts to explore new and creative avenues to curb the increasing costs of prescription drugs is important! That is why we are urging you to vote YES on Senate Bill 19-005.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]