COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has emerged as a fierce, straight-talking drug industry critic. In a recent interview, McCaskill, who blames drug companies for the opioid epidemic, said: “This is legitimately the biggest public health crisis facing our country. We have more deaths now [from drug overdoses] than we had at the height of the AIDS crisis.This country was gripped with the public health issues surrounding AIDS, and this is surpassing that.”
Regarding the often underhanded tactics drug companies use to protect their patented drugs from competition by cheaper generic drugs, McCaskill said: “These are companies that are driven by profit. These are companies that are trying to harness drugs through a patent process and ride that horse as long as they can possibly ride it — in terms of having a monopoly. It’s profit, just dollars and cents, and not seeing, not stopping long enough to look at the bigger picture: ‘Is what we’re doing ethical? Is what we’re doing good for public health?’”
Background on Ohio Ballot Issue 2
The Yes on Issue 2 campaign is a broad-based, bi-partisan coalition. More than 200,000 Ohio voters signed petitions to put an amendment on the ballot in November that will lower drug prices for over 4 million Ohioans, including 164,000 children, save taxpayers $400 million annually, reduce healthcare costs for everyone and teach greedy drug companies and their CEOs a lesson.
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