Affordability and Accountability

Lowering Prescription Drug Costs for All Michiganders

Too many hard-working Michiganders are unable to live the lives they want or get the care they need because of skyrocketing med costs.

So what’s happening?

Prescription drug companies have been playing unfairly and are raking in record profits from unaffordable price hikes, leaving many of us who depend on these lifesaving drugs without the care we deserve and need.

It’s time for Michigan’s elected officials to fight for us by taking on the big drug companies and restoring fairness and respect to Michigan families who are struggling to keep up with the higher costs of everything from medicine to groceries.

So many of us, including children and seniors, rely on lifesaving prescription drugs such as insulin and autoimmune drugs to live healthy, fulfilling lives. Yet we have little to no say in how much we are forced to pay because big drug companies hold all the cards and call the shots. That’s why we need to rein in the rising cost of prescription drugs by creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board (PDAB) here in Michigan.

Our lawmakers must act to create this independent, public board of experts to research, review and establish payment limits on the most expensive prescription drugs currently on the market.

What others are saying:

“Michigan lawmakers can do the right thing and rein in the high cost of prescription drugs by taking up this bicameral legislation and passing the Michigan Prescription Drug Affordability Board.” 

– Dr. Rob Davidson

West Michigan emergency physician and Executive Director of the Committee To Protect Health Care

“The cost of prescription drugs has been rising for far too long. Establishing a Michigan Prescription Drug Affordability Board can directly reduce costs by providing the necessary oversight and transparency. This legislation is a key component to helping those most affected by these prices — consumers — into the equation, in addition to other folks in the prescription drug supply chain who are responsible for the final price we pay.”

– Sen. Winnie Brinks

“Michigan residents are suffering from the high cost of their prescription drugs and need the type of relief that would come from setting up a Michigan Prescription Drug Affordability Board. Michiganders are making the tough choice between paying for their life-saving prescription drugs and paying for other everyday needs. It’s a choice that doesn’t have to be made if Michigan lawmakers tackled the issue of affordability.”

– Dr. Farhan Bhatti

Lansing family physician and State Lead for the Committee To Protect Health Care

“When I treat a patient and prescribe a medication for them, it breaks my heart to hear they can’t afford to buy it. Michiganders have suffered from this systematic problem for far too long and something must be done. I believe a Prescription Drug Affordability Board is the right way to truly manage costs for everyday residents.”

– Harshini Jayasuriya, M.D.

Family medicine specialist