Op-Ed: A New Prescription for Saving Money on Drug Costs

A recent op-ed from a hospital president and CEO – John Couris – highlights legislation introduced by Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida to allow the importation of safe and affordable prescription drugs from FDA-approved facilities.

The proposal could save Floridians up to 80 percent on what they are currently paying for their medications. Couris points out that Americans are spending $334 billion per year on prescription drugs.

“Drugs produced in other countries can be just as safe and far more affordable,” writes Couris.

As President and CEO of Tampa General Hospital, Couris emphasizes that the high cost of medications often stands in the way of the health and well-being of patients.

This is true of patients across the country. Not taking medication as prescribed causes approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10 percent of hospitalizations, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Residents of the Sunshine State need access to reasonably priced medications. Such access supports our entire health care system by helping to keep costs down. Patients with access to affordable medications are more likely to stay healthier and need less costly care,” writes Couris.

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