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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The CREATES Act Helps Tackle Prescription Drug Costs

High and rising prescription drug prices force consumers to skip doses or even avoid filling their prescriptions for life-saving medications altogether. Now is the perfect time for Congress to finally begin to take action by including the bipartisan CREATES Act in the omnibus legislation to fund the government, which must pass Congress by March 23rd.

The CREATES Act Increases Access to Lower-Cost Generic Drugs

Some brand-name pharmaceutical corporations misuse patient-safety protections to block generic competition and keep their drug prices high. These corporations block access to samples that generic manufacturers need to conduct the necessary testing for bringing a generic drug to market. We all the bear the burden of the unnecessary higher costs that such anti-competitive tactics produce. The CREATES Act would curtail these abuses, bring much needed relief to patients and consumers. 

The CREATES Act is Bipartisan and Supported by a Diverse Array of Stakeholders

Lowering the price of prescription drugs is one of the top priorities of health care consumers, regardless of political party, and a majority of Democrats and Republicans support taking bold action to do so. Support for the CREATES Act is similarly broad-based. Not only is it supported by consumer groups, but it also has the support of health care providers and insurers, employers and unions. And it’s co-sponsored by a broad bi-partisan spectrum of members of Congress including both Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

This week’s omnibus government funding bill is likely the last chance for the CREATES Act to pass Congress this year. Now is the time for Congress to step up and protect consumers from sky-high prescription drug prices by passing the CREATES Act.