Father says he traveled to Canada for son's medicine that would cost $53K in US

Father says he traveled to Canada for son's medicine that would cost $53K in US
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A Pennsylvania man whose son's medicine isn't covered by their family's health insurance plan says he has been traveling to Canada multiple times per year to purchase medicine.

Jon Yeagley told CBS News on Wednesday that because the drug used to treat his son's illness is not covered by his health insurance plan, he has chosen to travel to Canada four times per year to purchase it for a substantially lower price than he can find in the U.S.


"Right now, I'm paying $15,000 a year for this medicine, which costs in the United States $53,000 a year which I feel is at best, criminal," Yeagley told CBS News.

"There's no reason why an American should pay three times what somebody in Canada or Europe or Mexico has to pay," he added.

Yeagley says that his son suffers from a rare condition that resulted in hair loss, which began when his son was in the seventh grade. Only one medicine has worked to treat the condition, Yeagley said, adding that it is worth the 6.5 hour trip to Canada for his son.

"To my son, the medicine is priceless. I mean, it's given him an entirely new identity," Yeagley told CBS. "I believe it has meant everything to him. It's made a tremendous difference in his personality and his well-being."

Prescription drug prices in the U.S. have become a top concern for lawmakers in both parties, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE who urged Congress to pass a rule intended to lower drug prices for Medicare recipients during his State of the Union address Tuesday.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders'Medicare for All': The hype v. Maryland's reality Biden says he supports paying campaign staff minimum wage Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll MORE (I-Vt.) also unveiled a sweeping set of bills last month aimed at battling drug company monopolies and allowing U.S. businesses to import drugs from Canada and other countries.