Finally it looks like Congress might just re-visit Medicare Part D and let Medicare negotiate rates with drug companies. See charts below: http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/01/stat-harvard-drug-prices-poll/ The VA and Medicaid can negotiate rates.
Senate Special Committee on Aging holds drug costs hearing December 9th. Follow the link below to drug price trends. Scroll down to see what other countries charge. One chart shows a spike in drug prices in the 1990s. That was when drug companies were allowed to start direct to consumer advertising.
So, once again. If you want to see lower drug costs, write to your Senators and Representative and tell them to let Medicare negotiate rates with drug companies.
Kathleen O’Connor © December 9, 2015