Most major drug companies offer discount cards that offer significant discounts on their drugs to low-income consumers.
By law, drug companies must offer their drugs to state Medicaid programs for 15 percent below their lowest advertised prices, and sometimes for even less.
Under the recently passed Medicare reform law, people with low incomes or high drug costs can count on Medicare paying all or virtually all of their drug expenses.
The fact that not everyone pays the same price for prescription drugs is not “unfair.” Discriminatory pricing exists because it benefits consumers: more products get sold to willing buyers than if a single price were offered.(5) Drug companies are not evil.
And while drug companies contribute to Republicans, they also give to Democrats: 39 percent of the industry’s giving from PACs and individuals went to Democrats in 2003-2004, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
And now, switching to offense, here are five reasons to oppose importation.(1) Importation undermines valuable laws and legal precedents.
Billions of dollars are spent internationally preventing drug use, treating addicts, and fighting drug-related crime.
Although drugs threaten many societies, their effects can also be combated successfully.
The medical and psychological effects are very obvious.
Addicts cannot function as normal members of society.