Patient Perspective: The Devastating Impacts of Skyrocketing Drug Prices on American Families, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, July 26, 2019   [open pdf - 337KB]

This is the July 26, 2019 hearing "Patient Perspective: The Devastating Impacts of Skyrocketing Drug Prices on American Families" held before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. From the opening statement of Elijah Cummings: "Today, we are closing this work period the way we started our work this Congress, with a hearing on prescription drug prices. This is a bipartisan issue that I have focused on for many years. The first witness in our hearing this Congress was a woman named Antoinette Worsham, a mother whose daughter died at 22 years of age after rationing insulin because she could not afford it. And it was the subject of our hearing on the HIV prevention drug in May. Today, five patients and their family members are here to share their stories. I urge all members to go back to your districts and to talk to your constituents about their experiences struggling to pay for life-saving drugs. I fear you will discover that we are facing a drug-pricing crisis in America. We've seen time and time again drug companies skyrocketing prices are forcing families to make gut-wrenching choices every day. Many families have to choose between caring for themselves and their loved ones or paying for basic necessities. These skyrocketing prices are forcing families to take on debt, sacrifice their homes, or sacrifice their healthcare altogether. Imagine having to pick between having a roof over your head or protecting your child's life, between eating that day or taking a pill that you need to simply stay alive. For Americans around the country, these situations are an everyday reality." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David Mitchell, Ashley Krege, Laura McLinn, Sa'Ra Skipper, and Pam Holt.

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