AARP has launched “Stop Rx Greed,” a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Granite Staters and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level.
“Every day, older Granite Staters struggle to afford their lifesaving prescription medicine,” said AARP New Hampshire State Director Todd Fahey. “Even in a wealthy state like New Hampshire, it’s just wrong that people have to choose between food, bills and their medications.”
As part of the campaign, AARP Research conducted a national survey of likely voters ages 50 and older. The survey found that significant majorities of self-identified Republican, Democrat and Independent voters shared concerns about the high price of drugs, and support commonsense policies that will lower prices. Survey findings include:
- 72 percent say they are concerned about the high cost of their medications
- 63 percent say the cost of prescription drugs is unreasonable
- 90 percent support allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices
- 80 percent report taking at least one prescription medication
- Nearly 40 percent say they did not fill a prescription provided by their doctor with cost being the most common reason
The Stop Rx Greed campaign will include national television, radio and digital ads, editorial content, emails to members, social media posts, ongoing advocacy and grassroots activity, and a petition calling on Congress and the Administration to take action now. As part of the campaign, AARP will push for support of a number of policy solutions to help lower drug prices, including:
- Allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices
- Allowing states to negotiate lower prices with drug companies
- Giving state Attorneys General authority to crack down on outrageous price increases
- Clamping down on pay-for-delay and other loopholes that will keep lower-cost generic drugs off the market
- Capping consumers’ prescription drug out-of-pocket costs
- Preserving state pharmacy programs
For more about Stop Rx Greed, visit aarp.org/rx.