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  • Illini for Affordable Rx

    Even before COVID-19, families and employers were already struggling with the increasing cost of health care. Now, as we start to re-open our doors and get back on our feet, it’s more important than ever that our representatives in Springfield prioritize legislation that will help Illinois patients and their families – instead of increase their prescription drug costs.

     

    That’s where we come in. We’re educating policymakers and the public about real, meaningful legislative solutions to address prescription drug costs. We’re setting the record straight and dispelling the myths about Big Pharma and independent pharmacies. And we need your help.

     

    Read our “Prescription for Illinois” below, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, and be ready to take action when our families are at risk

  • Prescription for Illinois

    Stop Big Pharma Price Gouging

    Innovations in prescription drugs are important to keeping our families healthy. But Big Pharma companies unilaterally raise the prices of Rx year over year until common medicines that have been on the market for more than a decade cost tens – or even hundreds – of thousands of dollars for a year’s supply. No family should have to choose between putting food on the table and paying for the medicine they need.

    End Brand Drug Monopolies and Make Generics More Accessible

    Big Pharma companies rake in billions of dollars every year on brand name drugs. Big Pharma companies will file hundreds of “new” patents on their old drugs – tying up the courts for years while they continue their monopoly and make it impossible for patients to access affordable generics.

    Make Medicaid More Efficient for Taxpayers

    Medicaid is a valuable health care safety net; it’s there when vulnerable Illini need it. Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) negotiate on behalf of the state of Illinois, driving bargains with Big Pharma companies and saving the state – and its taxpayers – millions. In fact, for every $1 spent on PBM services, the state saves $6 in health care costs. If PBMs are eliminated from Medicaid, it will mean more government bureaucracy and more expensive Rx.

    Support PBMs as Patient Advocates

    One key way to keep Rx affordable? Give PBMs the tools they need to take on Big Pharma and fight for patients. PBMs’ #1 job is to negotiate lower drug prices – it’s what employers, and governments pay them for. Legislation that keeps PBMs from doing their job as patient advocates could cost patients, families, and taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

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    Get the Facts on Independent Pharmacies & PSAOs

     

    Bring Independent Pharmacies to the Table

    Independent pharmacies are important parts of our communities, but that doesn’t mean their owners should be able to pad their profits through increased regulations and unnecessary mandates.

    The independent pharmacy lobby claims store numbers are dwindling rapidly. But that's not true. New pharmacy data reveals that the overall number of independent pharmacy stores increased over the past decade in the United States. There are 2,645 more independent pharmacies than there were in 2011, almost a 13% increase over 10 years.

    New Research Highlights PSAO Role in Supporting Independent Pharmacies

    A vast majority of independent pharmacies hire powerful pharmacy services administrative organizations (PSAOs) to negotiate prescription drug costs on their behalf and help them run their business. More specifically, PSAOs help independent pharmacies:

    • Negotiate reimbursements from the PBM to the pharmacy

    • Consult on pharmacy network contracts

    • Perform back-office operations 

    Despite having a “mom & pop” reputation, nearly 83% of independent pharmacies have the backing of heavy-weight, unregulated PSAOs to negotiate contracts with other parties in the pharmaceutical supply and payment chain. It’s time our elected officials implement the same level of reporting requirements to PSAOs as they do for other entities in health care.

  • Share Your Support!

    Thank you for being an advocate for Illini for Affordable Rx! To further amplify your voice and spread the word about the fight for affordable Rx, please share the following posts below to your social media! Together we can help others get the facts and can make a difference here in Illinois!

    Sample Posts Below to Share on Social

    Sample Post One

    .@IL4AffordableRx is here to educate Illinois families and policymakers about real, meaningful solutions to address prescription drug costs.

    Find out more and join the fight for affordable Rx: https://bit.ly/3xoJbn3 #ILLeg #ILPol

    Sample Post Two

    Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) work with insurers and employers to make prescription drugs accessible and affordable for Illinois families.

    Get the facts about how PBMs are helping YOU: https://bit.ly/3xoJbn3

    Sample Post Three

    All Illinois families deserve access to the prescription drugs we need at a cost we can afford.

    Get the facts and join us as we fight for more affordable Rx: https://bit.ly/3xoJbn3

     

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