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Coalition of Consumer, Business, Union and Advocacy Groups Call for Increased Rx Affordability and Accessibility
Date:3/12/2008

apital Management and BALCONY's Co-Chairman, stated: "This is a win-win solution. Small businesses will support programs that help their employees and create a more vibrant New York business environment. However, they need assurances that the costs of programs they support will not go through the roof."

Ken Brynien, President of PEF, stated: "State employees and retirees struggle with prescription drug costs every day. Although a single co-pay may seem modest, anyone with a chronic illness is likely to need multiple medications and those co-pays add up quickly. Drug companies can charge whatever price they want for a drug, the sky's the limit. It's time to fight back. New York State has strength in numbers. Let's use this opportunity to work together, and use bulk purchasing to save millions of dollars in drug costs."

Jeffrey Lewis, President of the Heinz Family Philanthropies, a supporter of BALCONY, said: "Health care costs continue to ravage state budgets and become, in effect, like the voracious PACman of health care dollars - devouring resources that could be used for other state programs. At a time when no elected official wants to raise taxes, sometimes a fresh look by those who have no vested financial interest in these programs - those who do not profit from which drug is or is not covered - can provide the legislature and the Governor with a fiscal blueprint for the future. The Heinz Family Philanthropies looks forward to assisting the Governor and State Legislature in solving New York's prescription drug crisis as a means of demonstrating to taxpayers how a state, like a corporation, can obtain the best value for each public dollar spent."

Arthur Aaron Levin, Director of the Center for Medical Consumers, stated: "The Department of Health proposal to experiment with so-called academic detailing has great merit. Studies have shown that bringing the evidence about what drugs work most safely and effectively directly to doctors in t
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