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The cost of prescription drugs is the topic of today’s editorial board meeting streamed live on Facebook

Prescription drug prices in the United States are too high. And too many people find themselves unable to pay for their medications and keep food on the table. That’s according to the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN), which is meeting with PennLive’s editorial board at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21, in an event that will be streamed live on Pennlive’s Facebook page.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says Americans spend more on prescription drugs than anyone else in the world. And the prices in this country of life-saving drugs keep rising. With inflation impacting almost every aspect of American life, PHAN members argue that something needs to be done to help the elderly and others who depend on lifesaving drugs but are increasingly struggling. to pay for them.

PHAN members will discuss what they see as the reasons for the high drug prices in this country and what they have proposed to do to reduce them.

PHAN participants will include Executive Director Antoinette Kraus; policy analyst Jennifer Wolff; Policy Director Patrick Keenan; Director of Communications Shana Jalbert and William Leachman, a consumer concerned about the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States.

PHAN will focus specifically on what can be done in Pennsylvania to support President Joe Biden’s administration’s efforts to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Bring your respectful comments and questions to our discussion today on the cost of prescription drugs in America.

Joyce M. Davis is PennLive’s Awareness and Opinion Editor. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @byjoycedavis.

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