Eighty-one percent of adults age 50 and older say prescription drug prices are too high, and 87 percent want politicians to support efforts to make them more affordable, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute consumer survey.
“This survey confirms what we expected: People want more affordable prescription drugs,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP chief advocacy and engagement officer. “The public is making it increasingly clear that profiteering by drug companies at the expense of Americans is unacceptable. People are worried about high drug prices and many are struggling because they can’t afford their medications.”
Fifty-five percent of the survey respondents who reported not filling a prescription in the past two years said that cost was a factor. In general, prescription drug affordability concerns were greater among those in poor health and those with lower incomes and lower levels of education. “No one should have to go without the medications they need because of cost,” said LeaMond.
The full results of the survey can be found at www.aarp.org/2015PrescriptionDrugSurvey.
This article was adapted from information provided by AARP.