Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Team Up to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has said, “If the pharmaceutical industry will not end its greed, which is literally killing Americans, then we will end it for them.”
US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has said we need to fix markets because giant drug companies are lining “their pockets at the expense of American families.”
Sanders introduced three bills in January 2019 to lower prescription drug prices. The bills are for importation price limits in the U.S. based on what companies charge in other countries, and Medicare negotiation. Warren co-sponsored each of these bills.
In December 2018, Warren introduced a bill for the federal government to manufacture prescription drugs. Her bill didn’t get any co-sponsors, probably because of the timing. The Congressional term was almost over, and it’s impossible to co-sponsor a bill from a previous term. But Sanders supports Warren’s pharmaceutical manufacturing bill and he will co-sponsor her bill when she re-introduces it, says Warren Gunnels, his policy director.
Sanders’ importation bill is S.97 The Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act, which would “allow patients, pharmacists and wholesalers to import…from Canada and other major countries.” In 2007, similar legislation passed the Senate 63 to 28. Sanders noted at the time that millions of “Americans were going across the Canadian border to purchase safe and affordable medicine. The American people want action.”