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Congress should address drug-price disparities

Date published: 3/31/2014

Congress should address drug-price disparities

In the March 23 article titled "Hefty fees for some drugs," Ginny Mason was charged $648 for a month's supply of Celebrex.

The standard dose is 100-200 milligrams per day. Celebrex is made by Pfizer and is available through a Canadian pharmacy at $319 for 180 capsules, also manufactured by Pfizer.

Essentially, a six-month supply of Celebrex can be purchased through Canada at less than half the cost of a 30-day supply in the U.S.

There is no reason the charges in the U.S. should be so prohibitively expensive. Medicare could negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies for tremendous savings.

The huge profits generated by the pharmaceutical industry are reflected in the commercials seen nightly on prime-time TV.

Clearly, changes need to be made. Congress needs to act.

Wayland Marks