Lawmakers join prescription drug fight
(08/06/03) WHITE PLAINS - Two local lawmakers are looking to help bring the cost of prescription drugs down by proposing federal legislation that would allow medication to be brought into the U.S. from Canada.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) announced their plan Wednesday at the White Plains Senior Center. Schumer explained to residents how a 30-day supply of the drug Lipitor costs $80 in Westchester but in Canada it costs just $47.
Schumer says, "We have miracle drugs that help us live longer and healthier but the problem is unless you're a millionaire, unless you have a good health plan, you can't afford those drugs."
And on a similar note, Lowey says the drug companies are worried about their bottom line and are claiming the imported drugs could be dangerous, which she adds is just not so.
Right now, Congress is tackling a measure that would provide prescription drug benefits to Medicare recipients. But both Schumer and Lowey say another measure is needed to tackle the high cost of prescriptions.