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AARP Mississippi Urges Lawmakers to Take Action against the Rising Costs of Prescription Drugs


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"A-A-R-P MISSISSIPPI" IS URGING LAWMAKERS TO TAKE ACTION, AGAINST THE RISING COSTS OF PRESCRIPTION-DRUGS.  IT ALSO WANTS TO HEAR FROM MISSISSIPPIANS THEMSELVES--ABOUT HOW THEY'VE BEEN AFFECTED.  KIMBERLY L- CAMPBELL, ESQUIRE, IS THE GROUP'S STATE-DIRECTOR...

(CAMPBELL):
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'BIG PHARMA' HAS RAISED PRICES, FOR DECADES.  IN FACT, HERE IN MISSISSIPPI, THE ANNUAL COST OF TREATMENT WITH BRAND-NAME PRESCRIPTION-DRUGS INCREASED BY 58-PERCENT--BETWEEN 20-12 AND 20-17.  BUT, DURING THAT SAME PERIOD, THE ANNUAL INCOME FOR MISSISSIPPIANS INCREASED BY ONLY 20-PERCENT.  PRESCRIPTION-DRUGS DON'T WORK IF PATIENTS CAN'T AFFORD THEM.  THAT'S WHY WE URGE MISSISSIPPI'S MEMBERS-OF-CONGRESS TO CAP OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS, FOR SENIORS--AND TO CRACK DOWN ON DRUG-MAKERS WHOSE PRICE-HIKES OUTPACE INFLATION.  WE ALSO WANT TO HEAR MISSISSIPPIANS' OWN STORIES, ABOUT THE HIGH PRICE OF PRESCRIPTION-DRUGS; TO SHARE YOURS, CALL US AT 1-866-554-5382."

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FOR MORE ABOUT THE "STOP R-X GREED"-CAMPAIGN, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"M-S".



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