I am writing to speak up in favor of allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices.

I am a retired pharmacist, and I worked at the Togus VA for 33 years. During that period, I participated in drafting the pharmacy budget. The Veterans Administration system has been negotiating drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies for over 25 years, and this process saves the taxpayers millions of dollars, while still providing quality service to our nation’s veterans.

There is absolutely no reason why Medicare cannot do the same thing, thereby saving millions in taxpayers’ money and keeping prescriptions affordable. No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and filling life-saving prescriptions.

People can help to fix this only by urging our congressional representatives to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices. It will do right by older Americans, and their families, who depend on prescription drugs.

John Farina, Lewiston

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