Move Over, ALEC: Big Pharma Wants to Write Laws Too

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Just like ALEC, Big Pharma is doing the job of elected officials by writing legislation-ready bills for no charge, says the New York Times. The new bills seek to prevent health insurers from raising co-pay amounts to a price where patients are unable or unwilling to buy drugs, especially with expensive drugs. When co-pays rise too high, many people engage in what Pharma calls "prescription abandonment" - leaving the prescription at the pharmacy "altar" or not refilling future prescriptions. Pharma is losing so much money from rising co-pays and prescription abandonment, it has launched cagey, public service announcement-sounding campaigns about "patients not taking the drugs they need," as if it is a health and not revenue issue. Pharma has even instituted arrangements with some pharmacies to send visiting nurses to patients' homes to ensure "compliance," Big Brother overtones notwithstanding.
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