AARP: Cost of brand drugs rose 9.

AARP: Cost of brand drugs rose 9 .7 percent this past year ‘The AARP says that manufacturer prices for brand-name prescription medications commonly utilized by people on Medicare rose 9. ‘The price of specialty medications like biologics and injectables rose 9.2 percent. Generic medication prices, meantime, dropped 9.7 percent. ‘ PhRMA, the sector group for drugmakers, called the report ‘misleading’ since it failed to take into account ‘discounts and rebates generally negotiated between medication producers and payers’ .

AARP delivered a letter to each House office informing them that the Association designated Sunday’s vote on the Health Treatment and Education Affordability Reconciliation Action of 2010 as an ‘AARP Important Vote. What sort of legislator votes on problems is only one element in evaluating their legislative performance, which should include specific things like constituency services and committee work also. ‘AARP commends Representatives Cummings, Edwards, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, and Van Hollen for their historic vote to improve the Medicare prescription drug benefit so seniors won’t have to choose between paying for food and other necessities and taking the medication they need to stay healthy,’ stated AARP Maryland state president Jennie Z.