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Bipartisan bill will bring prescription drug costs down (opinion)

Imagine going to the doctor and being told you have a life-threatening condition that can only be treated with a daily dose of prescription drugs. You head to your local pharmacy (here on Staten Island, we’re lucky to have nearly four dozen), to pick up your medication, only to find out it’s either not available due to persistent shortages, or the price is double, triple or even quadruple what you had expected. For many families in New York City and across the country, this hypothetical situation has become a frustrating reality, with one third of American adults unable to afford their medications as prescribed. In fact, from 2006 to 2021, retail prices for the most commonly used drugs increased at a faster rate than general inflation every single year.


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