Thursday, November 05, 2015

McCaskill announces investigation into pharmaceutical drug pricing

(From Sen. Claire McCaskill)

The recent, dramatic price increases of life-saving prescription drugs appear to have seemingly no relationship to research and development costs, but instead follow corporate takeovers - a move that looks like little more than price gouging.

It's unacceptable, especially because many of these price increases are coming at the expense of seniors who live on a fixed income and who rely on their medications.

We have to get to the bottom of this. That's why this week, I'm announcing a bipartisan Senate investigation into pharmaceutical drug pricing.

Together, with the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, Republican Senator Susan Collins, we have requested documents and information from four pharmaceutical companies: Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Turing Pharmaceuticals, Retrophin Inc, and Rodelis Therapeutics.

You can read the letters HERE.

But the investigation doesn't stop there - we'll be holding our first hearing in December and follow-up hearings in the coming months.

I'm proud to lead this investigation, because not only do our nation's seniors depend on it, but YOU deserve answers.

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