Healthcare

Poll: Majority of voters say lowering drug prices should be priority for Congress

More than 80 percent of voters think lowering drug prices should be a priority for Congress, according to a new poll released Monday. 

The poll, completed by GS Strategy Group, shows 85.5 percent of registered voters surveyed think lowering the cost of prescription drugs should be a “top priority” or an “important priority” for Congress. 

Only 9.6 percent said lowering drug prices is not “too important of a priority” while 2.1 percent of those surveyed said it should not be done. 

{mosads}The poll also showed the majority of registered voters think Congress and President Trump need to do more to lower the cost of drugs. 

About 75 percent said they need to do more, like 9.6 percent said they’ve done enough. 

The majority of voters also support the Creates Act, a bill intended to lower drug prices by preventing branded drug companies from using tactics to delay competition from cheaper generic drugs.

According to the poll, 83.5 percent of voters surveyed support the bill while 9 percent oppose it. 

The poll, paid for by Patients for Affordable Drugs NOW, a group that advocates for lower drug prices, was conducted between Jan. 27 and 31 among 800 national registered voters. 

Lawmakers are considering adding the Creates Act to an upcoming spending deal, in what would be a rare defeat for the powerful pharmaceutical industry. 

The measure is estimated to save patients more than $3 billion.

President Trump in his State of the Union address this week said one of his top priorities is “fixing the injustice of high drug prices.” 

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