Families need prescription drug prices and choices
August 17, 2016
As a pediatric nurse, I understand children get sick, even if given the best care. Sometimes it’s a minor cold, requiring over-the-counter medication, but sometimes it can be more severe, requiring expensive prescription meds.
While parents want the best care for the children, the spike in the prices of prescription medication is worrisome. The rise in drug prices is a trend I have observed and it’s going to get even worse unless something is done.
As a nurse, I always try to make sure my patients are provided every option when choosing the course of treatment for the child. The same should apply to prescription drugs.
Right now many patients don’t realize that less expensive drugs could work just as well as a more expensive choice. One way to help fix the escalating cost of drug prices is to publish the names, prices and effectiveness of brand name and generic drugs to give patients purchasing power and sensible alternatives.
Unfortunately, this can’t happen unless Congress acts. Thus, I ask North Carolina’s congressional delegation to lead the way in proposing legislation that provides patients with accurate and up-to-date information on prescription drug prices. It’s smart, safe and will allow patients to make more informed choices that are beneficial to both their health and their wallets.