Activists in Norfolk gather to demand lawmakers push for lower prescription drug costs

Posted at 6:55 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 10:34:41-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Activists gathered outside Virginia Senator Mark Warner's Norfolk office Tuesday afternoon to demand he and other Washington lawmakers work on lowering the price of pharmaceutical drugs.

The activists are members of the group Virginia OrganizingThey chanted and held signs as they made their demands.

The protest was just one of several planned across the nation to demand easier access to pharmaceutical drugs and treatments.

Terry White, one of the activists, said he went through cancer and multiple heart problems. He said his life would be in danger if he did not have a way to pay for his medicine.

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"I qualify for the Virginia medicaid expansion; thank God for that. It was a lot better," White said. "If I had to pay for that stuff completely, it would be a mess. I wouldn't be here without that medication."

Senator Warner's Regional Director, Drew Lumpkin, read a letter from Warner to the activists. He said Warner is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices and shared the activists' concerns. You can hear the letter in its entirety below.

The Senate finance committee recently approved the prescription drug pricing reduction act that aims to help seniors save $27 billion in out-of-pocket costs combined.