Raven SantanaAug 28, 2017, 4:33 pmAug 29, 2017, 6:06 am

Lawmakers fight to reduce cost of prescription drugs for seniors, working families

Congressman Frank Pallone visits a senior center in Piscataway to rally for affordable prices

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On Monday afternoon, Congressman Frank Pallone and local lawmakers gathered at a Piscataway senior center to express outrage over high prescription drug costs that they say makes Americans poorer and sicker.

“I’ve been trying for years to try and get this noninterference clause repealed,” Pallone said. “That’s the most important thing we need to do because then we can bring millions of people who are under Medicare Part D and have negotiated prices for them. We would be very successful in bringing down costs.”

Congressman Pallone, who is also a ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee which oversees health, says part of the problem is that there is no negotiation or transparency among the pharmaceutical benefits management though they control the prices of drugs.

“There are some issues on whether they're becoming monopolies so they can make a significant profit. So there needs to be transparency with them as well,” says Pallone

Some seniors say if the price of drugs continues to rise they won't be able to afford basic necessities like groceries.

“Especially if you're living on a fixed income it would definitely affect you,” says Piscataway resident Christine James. “You would even have to give up some of the medication or go without something.”

Congressman Pallone is now working on passing legislation that would help reduce the cost of prescription drugs for seniors, working families, and veterans.

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