Senator Smith Introduces Make Medications Affordable by Preventing Pandemic Price-gouging Act in the Senate

No matter our age, race, or zip code, everyone deserves access to affordable medicine. Life and health should not be for sale.

As the entire world waits for an effective COVID-19 vaccine, we recognize that access and distribution of the medicine will be one of the country’s biggest ethical challenges. Pharmaceutical corporations, as we know, have no issue price-gouging life saving medicine developed with public funding.

NEWS RELEASE: Bipartisan solution to address out of control drug prices advances the state House

ST. PAUL, MN—Today, the Minnesota House advanced a bipartisan solution to address out of control prescription drug prices. The bill would establish a Prescription Drug Affordability Commission to evaluate drug prices and protect Minnesotans from out of control drug costs.

Travis Paulson, a type 1 diabetic from Eveleth who runs a patient advocacy organization and organizes caravans to pharmacies in Canada testified in support of the bill. Paulson is facing long-term health complications from rationing insulin, which at times cost him $1,500 per month.